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Gender equality and female empowerment are core development objectives, fundamental to the fulfillment of human rights and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes. In Georgia, one of USAID’s goals is to improve the lives of Georgian citizens, by advancing equality between women and men, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of Georgian society. USAID works with a range of institutions to empower women entrepreneurs, enhance women’s educational attainment, increase the number of women in leadership positions in government at national, regional, and local levels; support the role of women as peacemakers; and increase the participation of women in political parties and the legislature. In doing so, the Mission implements and advances the goals of USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy.
USAID supports several projects that have an explicit purpose of advancing gender equality and female empowerment. These include:
Promoting Gender Equality in Employment
Sep 2013 – Jun 2016
Article 42 of the Constitution
The Promoting Gender Equality in Employment project seeks to launch advocacy and awareness initiatives designed to increase gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Georgia and ensure inclusive economic growth in which women participate on an equal basis with men. This is done through mobilizing women to demand enforcement of their rights to equality at different work places; increasing the incentives for employers to comply with the existing non-discrimination provisions in Georgian law and enhancing the current legislative and regulatory framework to increase protection for women’s right to equality in the workplace.
Broadening Horizons: Improved Choices for the Professional and Economic Development of Women and Girls
Sep 2013 – Apr 2016
International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN)
The goal of the program is to have increased involvement in and benefit from educational, professional and economic opportunities for women and girls. The main objectives are: 1) 2,000 women and 1,000 girls in municipalities have increased participation in decision making at community and municipal levels, and 2) 3,000 women and girls in 13 municipalities able to make more informed choices based on increased access to information and services in the areas of education, training, employment, and professional development.
Women as Agents for Change and Empowerment
Sep 2013 – Dec 2015
Women’s Information Center (WIC)
The project’s goal is to enhance women’s political participation, along with economic engagement and self-sustainability through providing grassroots rural, internally displaced and national minority women’s access to small scale grants, business counseling, job coaching and banking systems and micro finance institutions. The project is being implemented by the Women’s Information Center in cooperation with the Taso Foundation, Association of Young Economists of Georgia, and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), in Tbilisi, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kakheti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Imereti and Gali regions.
In addition, gender is integrated into many USAID’s projects as a cross-cutting theme and specifically within the following programs:
The Good Governance (G3) project supports women’s participation in decision-making at the national and local levels. For this purpose, G3 created Women’s Clubs at Centers for Civil Engagement (CCEs) in 10 regions of Georgia. The project has organized a total of 63 events in CCEs focusing on the role of women in elections. G3 also formulated a gender related section of the first ever human resources manual for government institutions.
Under USAID’s Advancing Civil Society Organization (CSO) Capacities and Engaging Society for Sustainability (ACCESS) project, the Association of Women, Society, and Children developed and advocated for a draft law that provides a legal definition of the status of a single mother and a legal basis for eligible single mothers to apply for state-supported social assistance programs.
USAID’s Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project (JILEP) supported a series of discussions among Georgian judges on gender equality and women’s empowerment. JILEP also supports the judicial association, “Unity of Judges of Georgia,” which works with women judges to increase the number of women judges holding senior positions in Georgia’s judicial leadership. JILEP funds programs that provide legal aid to women, men, and children affected by or suffering from domestic violence and discrimination.
Increased Trust in the Electoral Process project supports activities for women in national minority regions to increase their awareness of election-related issues.
Advancing National Integration (ANI) project advances gender equality and female empowerment through public awareness activities and training events in “club houses” established in each of 12 NGO-based youth clubs across Georgia.
Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) project employs a holistic approach to identify and address gender needs, gender-based constraints and gaps in agriculture with a particular attention to agribusiness. REAP’s gender activities began with building the individual capacity of women in agribusiness and will continue with activities leading to gender trans-formative changes.
Last updated: November 09, 2015