UN Women and the Ministry of Defence of Georgia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation to promote the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the security sector.
Since 2014, the UN Women Georgia Country Office has supported the Women’s Fund in Georgia (WFG) with the annual Kato Mikeladze award ceremony to honour women’s rights defenders on every 29 November – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day.
Kato Mikeladze was a remarkable Georgian feminist, women's rights activist and publicist in the first half of the twentieth century, and the award in her name was established by the WFG in 2013 to acknowledge the contribution of women's rights activists in Georgia.
United Nations Resident Coordinator, UN Women and UNDP hosted an Open Day on Women, Peace and Security in Tbilisi. The event brought together women’s civil society organizations and senior UN officials to discuss the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Georgia.
“Open Days are an opportunity for the UN system to be better informed on how we can support women’s organizations more effectively in their efforts to prevent conflict, promote peace and advance gender equality. This is a space to bring UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security alive,” said Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator in his welcome speech.
In front of 27 000 fans at the Mikheil Meskhi stadium the national rugby teams of Georgia and Samoa expressed their support to the United Nations Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign.
The Samoan rugby team has followed the Georgian national team’s example in actively joining the cause by expressing their support to the UNiTE campaign.
Alama Ieremia, chief coach of the Samoan rugby team appeared at the pre-match press conference in a UNiTE branded t-shirt: “Our relations with the Georgian rugby team started in June, 2016. As the after math we also got involved in the campaign. We share similar values, and are conscientious with regard to our responsibilities. It is a great honor for us to take part in the match devoted to the fight against violence against women and girls”.
Government officials met in Tbilisi with representatives from conflict-affected populations to engage in the regular exchange of information on recent developments concerning human rights and the security situation near the lines of control with the regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia.
Supported by UN Women, the meeting was led by the Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality (OSMRCE), with the participation of the State Security Service of Georgia (SSSG) and high-ranking representatives from the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM).The meeting focused on the outcomes of the latest Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meetings that recently took place in Ergneti and Gali. Discussion centred around a number of topics, including the everyday security of the population living in villages adjacent to the control lines; challenges related to accessing education in native languages; the need for humanitarian crossing for schoolchildren and for emergency medical evacuations; and the need for economic and employment opportunities for the conflict-affected population.
UN Resident Coordinator Niels Scott has joined the Road Safety public awareness campaign For Your Own Sake, For Your Safety!' launched by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. In his video message he calls on “to make a commitment to ourselves, our children and our communities that, from today forward, we will work towards the goal of reducing road traffic accidents in the country by 50 percent by the year 2020”, like what the UN global action plan requires member countries to do.more