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10 Mar 2020 Women face an uphill climb in Georgia’s civil service

Women face an uphill climb in Georgia’s civil service

An invisible but rigid gender hierarchy systematically gives men the advantage, UNDP study shows

Tbilisi. 10 March 2020 – Over 1,000 civil servants took part in the first systemic attempt to assess how gender affects career development and professional growth in the Georgian public sector. The findings: 86 percent of survey participants believe that men enjoy more power and influence than women in the workplace, while 69 percent think that men receive more rewards for their work.

The study was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a part of a UK-funded program supporting Public Administration Reform in Georgia. It was conducted by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). The presentation of the findings marked the ongoing Gender Equality Week in Georgia.

 

 

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06 Mar 2020 COVID-19 update for representatives of embassies and development agencies

COVID-19 update for representatives of embassies and development agencies

Sixty representatives of embassies, international organizations and development agencies gathered today in Tbilisi to get first-hand information from the representatives of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the World Health Organization (WHO) Office in Georgia on the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak.

The meeting was moderated by Dr. Sabine Machl,  UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia.

“We recommend the authorities of different countries to prepare for three possible scenarios”, said Dr. Silviu Domente, WHO Representative and Head of WHO Country Office, Georgia.  “The first scenario is when the country has imported cases, as it is now in Georgia. The second phase is local transmission, and the third is widespread transmission. Each country has to prepare for these three scenarios. In general, response measures and readiness should be complex, we should consider various aspects, ranging from state coordination and communication to hospital readiness, healthcare readiness, and then increase of the capacity of laboratories,” said Silviu Domente.

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04 Mar 2020 Statement by the UN in Georgia on the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak

Statement by the UN in Georgia on the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak

The Government of Georgia is to be commended for quickly prioritizing preparedness for the potential importation of COVID-19 into its territory. In close coordination with WHO, the Ministry of the Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia has taken concrete measures to be able to detect, assess, contain and treat the first cases of COVID-19, followed by rigorous tracing procedures of potential contacts and accompanied by regular and transparent public risk communication with a focus on high-risk groups.

 

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04 Mar 2020 Debate begins about preventing violence against women in politics and elections

Debate begins about preventing violence against women in politics and elections

“Violence against women is an underlying factor for women’s low political participation,” stressed UN Resident Coordinator Sabine Machl at the 4 March meeting dedicated to the prevention of violence against women in politics and elections.

The meeting was organized by the UN Gender Theme Group with the support of the Government of Sweden and the participation of representatives from the legislative and executive branches, the Public Defender’s Office, the diplomatic corps, political parties and civil society. The key goal of the meeting was to raise awareness and prevent violence against women in politics and elections.

 

 

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09 Dec 2019 Georgia ranks high in human development but loses 12 percent of its progress through inequalities

Georgia ranks high in human development but loses 12 percent of its progress through inequalities

UNDP releases the 2019 Human Development Report “Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century”

Georgia ranks 70 of the 189 countries covered by the 2019 Human Development Index published today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Recognizing that human well-being depends on more than just money, UNDP combines health, education and income to rank the world’s countries. This year Georgia places ahead of Armenia at 81, Azerbaijan at 87 and Ukraine at 88, but behind Russia at 49, Belarus at 50 and Turkey at 59.

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25 Nov 2019 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Each year on November 25 the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while for the next 16 days, from November 25 through to December 10 (Human Rights Day), the16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence will be marked to raise public awareness and mobilise people to bring about change.

Violence against women and girls is a global scourge and unfortunately still one of the largest human rights violations worldwide.  One in three women globally continues to suffer from abuses at home or in the workplace during her lifetime.  At least one out of seven women has experienced violence  in Georgia.

The United Nations in Georgia will mark the 16 Days of Activism  Against Gender-Based Violence this year under the theme: "Every Woman has a Story!” to put the spotlight on the voices of survivors and activists.

 

 

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22 Nov 2019 Code on the Rights of the Child – a significant landmark for every child in Georgia

Code on the Rights of the Child – a significant landmark for every child in Georgia

Code on the Rights of the Child – a significant landmark for every child in Georgia

The adoption of the Code on the Rights of the Child by the Parliament is a ground-breaking achievement, which will have a long-lasting effect on the lives of children in Georgia

The Georgian Parliament has adopted the Code of Rights of the Child, fulfilling the pledge the government made on the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the rights of the Child. The Code is a comprehensive legal document with the power to transform the lives of children in Georgia.  

 

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