What is sexual harassment in the workplace? How can be sexual harassment captured by means of photography? What ethical considerations should be taken into account when working on such sensitive issue? How to technically capture and edit a picture, so that it talks directly and unambiguously to the viewer? These and other questions were discussed at a workshopheld at the outskirts of the Tbilisi Photo Festival (September 21 – 24, 2016), and led by the British Photographer Alixandra Fazzina, a well-accomplished and an award winning member of Noor Photo Agency and Foundation.
“Documentary and artistic photography can greatly contribute to uncovering unseen or taboo topics” noted Mzia Saganelidze, a participant of the workshop. “Many of us may fail to realize that have been exposed to sexual harassment, because we are simply used to sexist remarks or behavior. It is, however, time to start questioning what is and what is not appropriate communication between colleagues at work place, and try also to visualize it. The workshop has definitely helped to realize that the problem exists and is unaddressed. Picturing sexual harassment at work place in non-explicit way is not an easy task. Yet,I strongly believe that photography has the power to speak about everything”.
GENEVA / TBILISI (22 September 2016) – United Nations expert Chaloka Beyani will carry out a visit to Georgia from 25 to 29 September 2016 to review the human rights situation of internally displaced persons. He will follow up on the recommendations made in his 2014 report* to the UN Human Rights Council.
“During my visit, I will consider progress made with regard to the protection and assistance provided to IDPs and look at current challenges and opportunities for durable solutions in Georgia, particularly the integration of IDP needs into broader development plans and initiatives,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.
New York, 20 September – One year since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), more than 140 world leaders as well as high-level officials from the private sector, civil society and academia will gather at the United Nations this week to recognize the unprecedented global commitment made to end poverty and build a more sustainable world.
“The true test of our commitment as a global community to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda will be in its implementation,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon. “We need action from everyone, everywhere. If Governments, businesses and civil society work together, we can build a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all by 2030.”
State Fund for the Protection and Assistance of the (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking (hereinafter “State Fund”) hosted an opening ceremony of the first state-run crisis center for the victims of domestic violence in Georgia based in the capital, Tbilisi. The event was supported by UN Women in the framework of the UN Joint Programme to Enhance Gender Equality funded by the government of Sweden.
Quality of roads, public kindergartens, cleaning service and citizen engagement in decision-making are in focus of a research commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and carried out by the Georgian research company ACT in November 2015.
The discussion about key findings of the study on 27 July 2016 brought together representatives of the Georgian Government, Parliament, local authorities, civil society and international organizations.
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