Women’s Increased Leadership for Democracy in Georgia
To engage more women in Georgia’s political and public life, the WILD project will
(i) increase the political literacy and skills of 1’150 locally active women, their organizations and public servants;
(ii) sensitize 60 journalists, and 150 data producers and users on gender-related reporting;
(iii) contribute to development and adoption of gender-responsive laws and policies, benefitting some 38’350 public servants. The project will engage with men to foster behavioural change.
Women’s equality organisations and institutions
Democratic participation and civil society
- United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
|Background||Despite the fact that women’s participation in politics and decision-making is one of the priorities of the Government of Georgia, gender is still not effectively mainstreamed in all governance procedures, resulting in public institutions and policies that are not gender transformative. Women’s low participation in public life is affected by cultural and behavioural barriers and biases. Various forms of intimidation and violence against women are also widespread, discouraging them from politics. Against this backdrop, Switzerland and Norway decided to support institutional changes that will create a conducive environment for more women in Georgia’s political life and decision-making. Moreover, through a holistic combination of the bottom-up approaches, women, their organizations and public servants (including men) will also be targeted to encourage and value women’s entry into politics. Additionally, a small grant scheme will also be used to support women’s initiatives to promote their rights and amplify their voices.|
|Objectives||Women and girls in all their diversity fully and equally participate in decision-making and benefit from gender-responsive governance in Georgia.|
|Target groups||Women and women-led organizations, gender advocates, experts, public servants (at the national and local levels), data producers/users and media representatives.|
Outcome 1: Women and their organizations in all their diversity are engaged in and influence political life and decision-making at all levels in Georgia.
Outcome 2: Gender equality and women’s meaningful participation and leadership at all levels is promoted through adoption and implementation of gender-responsive legislative and policy frameworks and practices in Georgia.
- Up to 800 women will increase their political literacy and skills to participate in political life and decision-making.
- 350 public servants and members of politi-cal parties (at both the national and local levels) will enhance their skills and capacities on gender equality and gender mainstreaming.
- Approximately 50 data producers and 100 data users will enhance capacities on collection, analysis, dissemination and use of gender statistics.
- 60 journalists will be capacitated on gender equality and gender-sensitive reporting.
- Women’s Political Academy will be developed to increase knowledge of women aspirants, community and civil society leaders.
Results from previous phases:
Baselines for the first phase are as follows (detailed in the logframe):
- Georgia lacks legislative and policy frameworks that promote gender balance in decision-making.
- Gender sensitive data collection and analysis is fragmented.
- Multi-stakeholder dialogue processes promoting the government’s engagement with the civil society partners are rare.
- Media mostly offer a gender-biased cover-age of women candidates during their electoral campaigns.
- Women encounter discriminatory and biased attitudes in politics. They are often reduced to homemakers and caregivers, which hamper their participation in the public sphere.
- There is a lack of projects that foster behavioural change in men.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
- UN Women Tbilisi Office
- The Government of Norway will join the project as a co-donor through its separate agreement with UN Women.
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
The project, implemented by UN Women and cofunded by Norway, through a programmatic approach.
The project will be coordinated with the SDC’s following projects: Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus and Local Economic Development in Georgia.
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 3’800’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 1’235’000|