• Inclusiveness of older persons in Georgia must be a priority - UN expert says

    Inclusiveness of older persons in Georgia must be a priority - UN expert says

    TBILISI (22 March 2018) – An independent expert appointed by the United Nations has called on the Government of Georgia to “make it a top priority to ensure inclusiveness and equality of older persons”.

    Georgia is the most aged country in the South Caucasus region, and according to the last census, every fifth person is aged 60 and over. By 2050, the percentage of people over 60 in Georgia will further rise to over 30 percent.

    “Population decline paired with an ageing society has significant implications for the enjoyment of human rights by older persons,” Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, said at the end of her first official visit to the country.



  • Georgia hosted #WikiGap event in connection to International Women’s Day

    On International Women’s Day, with the purpose of reducing gender inequality in Wikipedia, Georgia joined the global initiative #WikiGap for the first time.

    Globally, 90 per cent of Wikipedia’s editors are men, and it has four times more content about men than women. #WikiGap, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Wikimedia Foundation, aims to address this gap. The initiative is focused on two areas: involving more female editors and increasing the amount of content about women in Wikipedia.


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  • UN expert to assess human rights situation of older persons in Georgia

    GENEVA (8 March 2018) – United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte will carry out her first official visit to Georgia from 12 to 22 March to assess the human rights situation of older persons in the country.

    “This visit provides an important opportunity for dialogue with Georgia,” said Ms. Kornfeld-Matte. “It will be extremely useful to assess the implementation of national and international standards relevant to the rights of older persons, to identify good practices and provide recommendations on how to close potential gaps.


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  • Georgia joins the global “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” initiative

    The Georgian Stock Exchange, International Finance Corporation, UN Women, Global Compact Network Georgia, and NGO Civil Development Agency commemorated International Women's Day at the "Ring the Bell for Gender Equality" event in Tbilisi, Georgia.


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  • One in seven women in Georgia experiences domestic violence, new national study finds

    According to the new National Study on Violence against Women in Georgia released jointly by UN Women and the National Statistics Office with financial support from the EU, one in seven women reported having experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.

    The key findings of the study were released by UN Women, the EU and GEOSTAT together with partners from the Government, the development sector and civil society at a presentation of the study’s summary report in Tbilisi on 6 March 2018. The study findings provide data on the prevalence of domestic violence and non-partner physical and sexual violence, as well as the perceptions and awareness of women and men on gender and violence in Georgia. For the first time in Georgia, the study also generated data on the prevalence of sexual harassment and stalking at the national level. This is the first nationwide research initiative on violence against women conducted in Georgia since UNFPA’s 2009 study.


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  • In the words of Ketevan Khidasheli: “To counter today’s lack of volunteerism, more female activists are needed”

    In the words of Ketevan Khidasheli: “To counter today’s lack of volunteerism, more female activists are needed”

    Ketevan Khidasheli serves as chairperson on the board of the non-governmental organization Women for Regional Development, which provides support to survivors of domestic violence, and has been a women’s rights advocate for more than 10 years. She lives in Dvabzu village, located in the Ozurgeti district of western Georgia’s Guria region, and works to raise public awareness for women’s empowerment and domestic violence issues. Ms. Khidasheli volunteered for UN Women’s project “Women for Equality, Peace and Development” in 2012, and she recently won the 2017 Kato Mikeladze Award, given annually to the defenders of women’s human rights in Georgia.

    “Activism began for me in 2008, when my family and I moved from the capital to Dvabzu. Soon after, I learned online that the Taso Foundation [a local NGO that works for local women’s empowerment] was implementing a programme for women’s economic empowerment. I applied for and received a small grant, and I attended their trainings in leadership, domestic violence and gender-responsive budgeting.