High-level meeting held on gender equality and women’s empowerment at the local level

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The high-level meeting “Gender Equality Policy at the Local Level: Main Challenges and Actions”, held on 10 May in Tbilisi. Photo: UN Women
The high-level meeting “Gender Equality Policy at the Local Level: Main Challenges and Actions”, held on 10 May in Tbilisi. Photo: UN Women

Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women at the local level is an important area of UN Women’s work in Georgia. In cooperation with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG), UN Women supports strengthening gender equality policies across all 64 municipalities. This includes provision of technical support in drafting local level gender equality action plans, developing capacities of municipality representatives on gender equality and alike.

Key challenges and priorities were discussed at the high-level meeting “Gender Equality Policy at the Local Level: Main Challenges and Actions”, held on 10 May in Tbilisi. The meetng aimed at supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women at the local level by promoting and extending coordination between the heads of Georgian municipalities.

The meeting was attended by the Mayor of Tbilisi and President of NALAG, Kakha Kaladze, the Chairperson of the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia, Nino Tsilosani, the heads of 64 municipalities, representatives of the legislative and executive governments and international and local civil society organizations.

As Mr. Kaladze stated in his welcoming remarks for the meeting, that Georgia has taken a number of important steps to promote gender equality and to eliminate violence against women. “However, pertinent challenges remain that require thorough work,” he further noted, “this includes creating opportunities for women’s equal participation in economic, social, cultural and political life.”

During the meeting, participants discussed municipal gender equality action plans, as well as key challenges and priorities for local governments on gender equality. During the meeting, the heads of the municipalities signed a joint statement to support gender equality and the empowerment of women. In addition, memoranda were signed between NALAG and the Administration of the Government of Georgia, as well as between NALAG and the Academy of the Ministry of Finance. Both memoranda aimed at strengthening cooperation and partnership to support gender equality at the local level.

The initiative is implemented within the framework of of the project “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia”, implemented by UN Women with the support of the Government of Norway.