6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are?

UNDP Georgia gender
Women farmers in the Pankisi Gorge attend vocational training in horticulture. May 2011. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Georgia is advancing its gender equality agenda. Significant progress has been made by the Government of Georgia in ensuring the implementation of the gender equality commitments laid out by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

In March 2010 the Government of Georgia adopted the law “On Gender Equality” and elaborated a National Action Plan. The Parliamentary Council on Gender Equality, initially a temporary advisory structure, became a standing body in March 2010.

Despite the progress made in recent years, women are still under-represented at decision-making levels and disempowered economically. According to the Gender Inequality Index, Georgia is placed 71 of the 137 countries surveyed.

As of June 2013, women represent 10% of the Parliament and 11% in the local government. Only three out of 19 Ministers are female.

In 2009, the average nominal monthly salary of women in all fields of the economy and all sectors was 54% of that of men. Source: National Statistics Office of Georgia (GEOSTAT)

In partnership with the Government and civil society, United Nations plays an important role in promoting gender equality and women’s rights and eliminating discrimination against women in Georgia. However, the breakthrough in gender equality will only be possible as a result of the strong and coherent efforts of all stakeholders, including the government, civil society and development partners.

UNDP's work in Georgia

1.7 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament