On March 11, 2019 the Permanent Missions of Georgia and Sweden to the United Nations, in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) organized a side-event on how fairy tales are powerful tool in promoting Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender Equality and a country’s future human capital. The side-event was held on the side-lines of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
The fairy-tale collection “There Once Was a Girl”, presented at the side-event, was published at the initiative of the UN Women Georgia in 2018 as part of the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality in Georgia and was funded by Government of Sweden. Authored by twelve Georgian writers, the collection of 21 fairy tales features female protagonists throughout, something that up until now, was in short supply among children’s literature, including fiction and school textbooks in Georgia.
The side-event was moderated by Permanent Representative of Georgia, H.E. Kaha Imnadze. Opening remarks were delivered by H.E. Ms. Khatuna Totladze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden; H.E. Kwabena Osei-Danquah, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly; Ms. Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. Ms. Erika Kvapilova, UN Women Representative in Georgia and Ms. Nestan Kvinikadze, author of one of the fairy tales were speakers at the event.
The side-event concluded with reading of the extracts from the fairy tales and Q&A.