ECMI Caucasus became part of the UNDP initiated Gender Thematic Group in October. The aim is to include minority women issues in the Group’s work.
The Gender Thematic Group consists of both international and local organizations. It is initiated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Group works on strategies, action plans, and formal setups related to gender issues and the new Georgian administration. The new parliament and government were elected on 1 October 2012.
“We hope to help mainstreaming minority issues into the ‘gender machinery’ of Georgia,” explains acting Director Ewa Chylinski about ECMI Caucasus’ motives.
Chylinski refers to the long background of standing up for gender issues in Georgia. The current initiative builds on this background:
Gender issues have been strongly advocated by various organizations, both national and international. The well-known themes have been and still are ‘political participation’, ‘economic empowerment’, and ‘combating violence against women’ and ‘trafficking in human beings’.
Despite several years of lobbying, only recently has the enhancement of gender issues been taken up.
The new Georgian government has taken various legislative initiatives, and the government is now encouraging elaboration of gender relevant non-discrimination strategies, gender equality and empowerment.
The Group members meet monthly in Tbilisi. ECMI will be represented by Andrea Peinhopf or Ewa Chylinski.