More government agencies become interested in Women, Peace and Security agenda in Georgia

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Training to support the integration of gender perspective in the security sector of Georgia. Photo: UN Women/Leli Blagonravova
Training to support the integration of gender perspective in the security sector of Georgia. Photo: UN Women/Leli Blagonravova

Global developments significantly increase the urgency and importance of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and clearly demonstrate that its implementation in practice is an essential precondition for both conflict prevention and ensuring lasting peace.

In response to existing challenges, UN Women in Georgia is expanding its work to integrate gender perspective in the security sector and strengthens its support for agencies that are currently taking their first steps towards the WPS agenda.

For this purpose, a two-day training was organized for the representatives of the Office of the National Security Council, the Georgian Intelligence Service, and the State Security Service of Georgia, during which 17 participants gained in-depth knowledge on WPS for the first time. The training was conducted under the partnership of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and was focused on gender analysis instruments related to security, collection and utilization of the sex-disaggregated data, barriers faced by women to advance their careers, as well as best practices for strengthening the inclusivity and diversity in the sector.

“It was very interesting to discuss in detail international resolutions and conventions, as well as the country’s commitments to WPS,” remarked training participant Tinatin Samkharadze, representative of the Office of the National Security Council. “My colleagues and I now started to think about incorporating best practices and experiences into the work of our Office as well. We will continue to work in this direction past this training.”

UN Women, in cooperation with DCAF, is implementing various initiatives to advance the WPS agenda in the security sector in Georgia. Employees of the respective agencies that are taking the first steps towards gender mainstreaming are being trained, while those who have been working on WPS for years are being supported by the DCAF experts to further the progress and implement best practices. It is noteworthy that after the training, the cooperation with the staff of the Office of the National Security Council, the Georgian Intelligence Service and the State Security Service will continue.

Cooperation with DCAF is part of the UN Women project “Accelerating Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Georgia”. The project is supported by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of the Government of the United Kingdom.