Government expands efforts to institutionalize anti-sexual harassment mechanisms in the civil service

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A meeting about institutionalizing internal mechanisms on the prevention and response to sexual harassment in the civil service. Photo: UN Women
A meeting about institutionalizing internal mechanisms on the prevention and response to sexual harassment in the civil service. Photo: UN Women

In 2018-2021 eleven public entities adopted internal mechanisms on the prevention and response to sexual harassment with UN Women’s support. Within the framework of this effort, UN Women is continuing to support the institutionalization of internal mechanisms on the prevention and response to sexual harassment in the civil service.

On 25 May, 2022 UN Women in partnership with the Administration of the Government of Georgia hosted a meeting on institutionalization of internal mechanisms on the prevention and response to sexual harassment in the civil service. The meeting was attended by representatives of public agencies which have, so far, not introduced internal mechanisms on sexual harassment. The goal of this meeting was to generate political support/commitment towards developing internal complaints’ mechanisms on sexual harassment across the civil service. Within the framework of the meeting, participants discussed prevalence, causes and consequences of sexual harassment, as well as best practices and challenges of working on sexual harassment issues globally and in Georgia.

Tatia Naneishvili, representative from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, noted: “The development of internal complaints mechanism on sexual harassment is currently underway at our ministry. At this meeting, our Ministry reaffirmed the need for the adoption of this mechanism. At the meeting, we also received important information and knowledge to guide us through this process.”

To further support operationalization of sexual harassment complaints mechanisms in the civil service, UN Women in cooperation with the Administration of the Government of Georgia conducted capacity development training on victim-centered investigation of sexual harassment in the civil service on 23-24 May. During the 2-day training, participants strengthened capacities on effective operationalization of internal mechanisms on sexual harassment, including on investigation of sexual harassment cases with a victim centric approach, as well as international standards and best practices in the area. The training brought together up to 20 public servants from different government entities.

The intiative is supported within the framework of the “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia” (GG4GEG) project generously funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.