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Ekaterine Skhiladze was appointed as a deputy public defender of Georgia in June 2016. Since 2007, she has been actively involved in processes aimed at protecting women's rights and gender equality in Georgia. In this interview, Skhiladze speaks to UN Women about how Georgia has paved the way in establishing a femicide watch in the country.
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The Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, paid her first official visit to Georgia and Albania to meet with high level government representatives, civil society organizations and international partners. The visits focused on strengthening long-term cooperation to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Georgia and Albania, as well as the region.
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From 23 to 25 May, Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, and Alia El-Yassir, Director of the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, paid their first official visit to Georgia. The purpose of the visit was to become acquainted with and deepen the long-term cooperation that connects UN Women with the country’s legislative and executive branches in a variety of directions.
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When they interviewed her, the 17-year-old girl was sitting in an armchair, not making eye contact with anyone, recalls Detective Gvantsa Gogava, who investigates domestic violence against juveniles in Georgia.
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Natia Merebashvili is the Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia. She has accompanied a number of improvements to the way the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia handles violence against women (VAW) cases, with support from UN Women and with generous funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden.
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My main goal is to help people understand and accept human rights and gender equality through art. Equal rights will help people nurture their skills and talents to build a better life without fear of being left behind in many ways – to make independent career choices, be promoted for talents, ask for help, be weak, or be strong, without criticism from the community.
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To support ending violence against women, Georgia national rugby team, the Lelos, will wear the UN Women logo on their jerseys when they play current World Champions South Africa team in July.
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41 per cent of the population in Georgia think that domestic violence is a family matter. A new campaign by UN Women challenges the status quo and calls everyone not to stay indifferent to violence against women.
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144 women were financed by the regional project “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus”, which encouraged them to realize their ideas and opportunities.
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Developed on the initiative of the UNFPA Georgia Country Office, with the support of the EU in the framework of the MenCare Campaign, Luna & the Planet of Fire-flies, written by Dato Gorgiladze and illustrated by Tatia Nadareishili, is a story created for children and their parents who equally share the responsibilities related to child care and domestic work.
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Mariam Topchishvili is a 22-year-old feminist activist from Georgia. Mariam is leading the Young Feminists NGO in Gori, Georgia. She is an advisory board member at the Women Fund in Georgia and Young Feminists Fund (FRIDA) for Central Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central and North Asia.
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Oksana Nikiforova was displaced shortly after the armed conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine in May 2014. Trying to provide her five-year-old daughter and newborn son with a safer place to live, she left Luhansk without any prospects for her future. Nikiforova and her family changed several cities in Ukraine, applied for refugee status in Poland and finally settled down in Novoaidar, a small town in Luhansk region. Five years after fleeing her home, Nikiforova decided to start a new life and take matters into her own hands. She mobilized a women’s self-help group and created an NGO to change her community and meet women’s needs.
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On 6 October, feminists and women’s rights advocates from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus are coming together in a virtual consultation to assess the progress achieved towards commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
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Electronic surveillance of high-risk perpetrators has been established in Georgia with the support of UN Women. A special GPS system will allow the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to permanently control the movement of perpetrators and thereby prevent the reoccurrence of violence.
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A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.
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With support from the European Union, the two UN sister agencies will work with government bodies and civil society partners in six countries to challenge deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, increase men’s involvement in domestic work and childcare, and engage with potential perpetrators to prevent gender-based violence.
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Nona Noniashvili is a Georgian entrepreneur who decided to build her company’s factory in a conflict-affected village adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Line with Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, committed to helping a community in need and empowering local women.
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Agritourism is one of the most important sources of Georgia’s regional development as well as job creation, women’s economic empowerment and financial revenue generation for mountainous districts.
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In early March the UN Women office in Georgia launched a series of campaigns on Facebook to advocate for women’s rights amid the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to the popularity of the social media platform and the timely information, the campaigns reached over a million people.
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In early May, women from the village of Maradisi, in southeast Georgia, gained wide renown. Naira Paksadze, together with other women, hoed their neighbour’s potato field in order to save the family’s potato harvest. At the time, every member of the family was being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, while weeds were growing wild throughout their potato field – their only source of income.