Another meeting held between the Georgian Participants of the IPRM and women’s civil society organizations
Date: Monday, May 24, 2021
UN Women continues to hold regular meetings with the Georgian participants of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) and representatives of women’s civil society organizations, and IDPs and conflict-affected women.
One such meeting was held in an online format on 24 May, 2021, organized with the support of UN Women, by the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality (OSMRCE) in cooperation with the State Security Service of Georgia. The aim of the meeting was to support women’s meaningful participation in peace processes.
The meeting was opened by the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Ms. Tea Akhvlediani, who highlighted the importance of increasing the role of women in the peace and confidence-building process and reaffirmed her readiness to continue working closely in this direction. Ms. Akhvlediani also spoke about a new initiative of the OSMRCE, within the framework of which a new cooperation format has been established with the representatives of civil society organizations on the issues of women. This initiative, “Women, Peace and Security - consultation platform on the enhancement of women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding”, will promote the structural and meaningful participation of IDP and conflict-affected women, and increase their role in peacebuilding processes.
The underrepresentation of women in peace processes remains a challenge in Georgia. Ambassador Marek Szczygieł, Head of the EUMM in Georgia, highlighted the added value of information-sharing meetings on IPRM serving for the IDP and conflict-affected women and civil society representatives. “There is a need to extend regular consultations and inform women about such platforms and mechanisms,” he remarked.
Importantly, during the meeting, members of the community organizations raised the issue of supporting a direct dialogue between Ossetian and Georgian women. “We propose setting up a tent for women’s dialogue in Ergneti where Ossetian and Georgian women can negotiate, talk about social projects and solve common problems together,” noted Maguli Okropiridze, from the village of Ergneti.
At the end of the meeting, the representatives of the OSMRCE and UN Women penciled down the issues that need an urgent follow up and response.
The meeting was held within the framework of the UN Women project “Accelerating Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Georgia”, supported by the UK Government, the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.