Enhancing Gender Equality in Georgia


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Training for young leaders in the Samegrelo region of Georgia. July 2011. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Three UN agencies – UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA - together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), have pooled their resources, experience, expertise and assets to address the challenges of equal opportunities and women empowerment in Georgia.

To achieve this goal, they focus on the three main areas:

  • Women’s political and economic empowerment
  • Eliminating violence against women, especially domestic violence
  • Realization of sexual and reproductive rights of population

What We Do

UNDP's work within this UN Joint Programme is focused on enhancing woman’s political and economic empowerment. We advocate for the increased participation of women in policy making and for empowering them economically, thus setting up sound mechanisms for political and economic activism.

Some results so far

  • In May 2012 the Government of Georgia produced its fourth and fifth periodic reports under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women;
  • In view of the parliamentary election in October 2012, UNDP organised a visit of the European parliamentarians to discuss the importance of gender equality in politics with the leading Georgian political parties, Central Electoral Commission and civil society;
  • Women Councillors’ Forum was established to increase women’s role in local governance. Regional meetings are held regularly that gather female elected officials;
  • The Gender Equality National Action Plan for 2014-2016 was adopted;
  • Targeted municipalities incorporated gender sensitive principles in 2014 local budgets;
  • “Change Your Mind”- a massive public awareness campaign was launched. Within a month the campaign Facebook page had 30 000 likes and 10 000 active conversations;
  • UNDP supported GEOSTAT in its efforts to digitalize archive of the publication “Men and Women in Georgia”;
  • The Gender voluntary quota-inclusion of the different sex representatives on party lists- was increased from 20% to 30% and for the parties that comply with this requirement additional budget funding rose from 10% to 30 %;
  • The vocational schools of Kachreti, Poti and Zugdidi State Teaching University trained 350 women;
  • In 2013 Association of Women Farmers of Kakheti was established; in one year, organization attracted 121 members;
  • In Kakheti and Samegrelo 179 leader women and 26 communities were selected to communicate problems of their villages to the local authorities. Out of 250 proposals, 51 were acknowledged by the Municipalities and included in the respective budgets for 2014


Who finaces it?

The UN Joint Programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) with the total budget of USD 5 million. UNDP component amounts USD 2 million.


2012 US$    207,230
2013 US$ 1,268,344.75
Start date:
October 2012
End date:
October 2014
Geographic coverage:
Millennium Development Goal
Promote gender equality and empower women
Project Document
Contact Information

Ketevan Makharashvili

UNDP Component Manager


+995 32 2306137

4 Abashidze Street

Tbilisi, Georgia 0179

Contact Person in UNDP

Natia Natsvlishvili

Assistant Resident Representative