On March 13, 2019 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia H.E. Ms. Khatuna Totladze delivered a statement at the General Discussion of the 63rd Session of the Commission on Status of Women.
As stated by Ms. Totladze, Georgia fully acknowledges the responsibility as a new member of the UN Women Executive Board and reiterates the determination to contribute towards global efforts aimed at advancing gender equality agenda.
Ms. Totladze stated that Georgia continues to attach significant importance to the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and in 2018 approved a National Action Plan for 2018-2020 on their implementation. Ms. Totladze underlined that Domestic Violence Action Plan and National Action Plan on Gender Equality were also adopted to respond to key international commitments undertaken in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia stressed that considerable work has been done by the Government of Georgia to nationalize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with special emphasis on ensuring that all SDGs have gender-sensitive indicators and that gender equality policies reflect commitments made in the nationalized SDGs and their targets.
As noted by Ms. Totladze, Georgia acknowledges that achievement of gender equality and the SDGs will not be possible without women’s economic empowerment and stemming from the aforesaid, the Government Action Plan on Human Rights 2018-2020 incorporates issues such as: economic empowerment of rural women, identifying needs of women living in rural areas, ensuring equitable access to resources etc.
Ms. Totladze emphasized that regrettably Russia’s occupation of Georgia’s two regions prevents the Government of Georgia from sharing the human rights protection framework with women and girls remaining on the other side of the illegally erected barbwire fences. It was noted that taking into account the full absence of international monitoring missions in the occupied territories, the situation on the ground remains worrisome.