In the frames of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) the Georgian delegation participated in UNGA high-level event on Women in Power, several high-level interactive dialogues and side-events.
On 12 March, 2019, Ms. Ketevan Makharashvili, First Deputy Head of Administration of the President of Georgia made intervention at the UNGA high-level event on Women in Power. She stressed the important role of women leaders and expressed concern that, despite the growing number of women in various fields, politics remains quite closed for women. As stated by Ms. Makharashvili, women must break the primary stereotype that politics is a dirty field. She also emphasized that last year, Georgia joined the countries that have women presidents.
On 12 March, Ms. Tamila Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, made a statement at the high-level interactive dialogue among Ministers on the priority theme: Building alliances for social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Deputy Minister spoke about Government’s successful reforms aimed at achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. She focused on legislative frameworks and policy reforms in this field. Ms. Barkalaia touched upon some of the social assistance programs in Georgia.
On 13 March, Mr. Dimitri Tskitishvili, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, participated in the high-level interactive dialogue: Accelerating implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: Exchange of best practices in preparation for the Beijing+25 review and appraisal. He stressed that with notable dynamics over the last decade, gender equality has become an important priority of Georgia’s political agenda. As noted by Mr. Tskitishvili the Government adopted critical legal acts to create an important anti-discrimination legal framework, established permanent Gender Equality Council at the Georgian Parliament, approved the National Action Plan on Human Rights with special focus on women’s rights and gender equality, ratified the Istanbul Convention, reformed law enforcement agencies in a way to make them more sensitive and effective toward gender-based crime and offences and etc.
On 19 March, Mr. Dimitri Tskitishvili, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, participated as a speaker in the CSW 63 side-event: What cultural change is needed to consign sexual harassment to the dustbin of history? He stressed that the Gender Equality Council of Georgia prepared the package of legislative changes to regulate the sexual harassment. It was mentioned, that the changes envisage regulation of sexual abuse in public area and workplaces. Mr. Dimitri Tskitishvili also underlined that all political groups, relevant state agencies, Public Defender’s Office of Georgia, international partner organizations and civil society organizations were involved in the preparation process.