Women, Peace and Security

Photo: UN Women/Justyna Melnikiewicz

Since 2001, UN Women (previously UNIFEM) has provided continues support to partners in Georgia to increase meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, transformation, resolution and sustainable peacebuilding processes. Under the current country programme and in line with the 2016-2020 UN Partnership for Sustainable Development, UN Women supports the Government of Georgia to develop and implement the National Action Plan for Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (UN SCR 1325 (2000) et al.) and to achieve the targets of nationalized Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16.

Within this framework, UN Women works with security sector actors, including the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Security Service to mainstream gender into the Security Sector Reform process and its outcomes. UN Women also continues to support the capacity development of women mediators and peacebuilders to ensure the direct and meaningful participation of women in peace processes, as well as creates spaces for effective engagement of women peace activists with the participants of formal peace and incident prevention processes (namely the Geneva International Discussions and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms).

One of UN Women’s top priorities for the 2018-2020 period is to provide support for the localization of the 1325 National Action Plan by fostering the active participation of grass-roots organizations, internally displaced and conflict-affected women and local governments. In this respect, UN Women is targeting ten municipalities in the regions of Imereti, Samegrelo and Shida Kartli that are adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Lines with Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia.

UN Women partners with the UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund to contribute to the enhancement of women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding and to increase Government’s accountability to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Georgia. UN Women also partners with UNHCR and the U.S. Department of State to support the capacity development of women’s organizations in Abkhazia, Georgia to provide services for survivors of gender-based violence and promote zero tolerance for violence against women and girls.