Women's Power - Economic and Political Participation for Inclusive Societies in Georgia
“Women’s Power for Inclusion” aims to support women and girls in four regions of Georgia (Kakheti, Guria, Racha, and Imereti) to participate equally in economy and politics and change patriarchal mindsets and stereotypes. Feminist activists, including young people, will be trained and funded to implement local actions that contribute to increased women’s political and economic participation. The action will result in tangible changes improving the lives of local women and men, girls and boys, including ethnic minorities and women with disabilities.
Countries: GeorgiaDonors: European Union Partners: Women's Fund in Georgia, Woman and Reality, Young Pedagogues Union, Pankisi Women's Council, Racha Community OrganizationDuration: January 2021 - December 2023
“Women Engage for a Common Future” has launched a new project, "Women's Power - Economic and Political Participation for Inclusive Societies in Georgia.", or short "Women's Power for Inclusion”, in cooperation with Women's Fund in Georgia, Woman and Reality, Young Pedagogic Union, Pankisi Women's Council, and Racha Community Organization.
Georgia has anchored the rights of women, youth, and minority groups in its constitution and legislation, but in everyday life discrimination and marginalization continue. The COVID-19 crisis has worsened the situation of women, youth, and minorities, decreasing their chances for empowerment due to increased domestic labour burden on women, restrictions on gatherings, risk of violence, and limited access to information and education. Many have lost or left their jobs, resulting in socio-economic hardship. The majority of the front-line workers are women.
Thus, the project “Women’s Power for Inclusion” aims to support women and girls in four regions of Georgia (Kakheti, Guria, Racha, and Imereti) to participate equally in economy and politics and change patriarchal mindsets and stereotypes. Feminist activists, including young people, will be trained and funded to implement local actions that contribute to increased women’s political and economic participation. The action will result in tangible changes improving the lives of local women and men, girls and boys, including ethnic minorities and women with disabilities.
1. The action will prepare 15 Civil Society Organization trainers and 15 youth trainers, who will each train the target groups in the four regions. Over the three years, 240 local feminist activists and 650 girls and boys will be trained and mentored on economic, political and social empowerment, including general skills and basic knowledge on gender.
2. Subgrants will be implemented by 30 trained activist groups and 60 trained youth groups, improving the lives of approximately 6000 local people.
3. The project will work with journalists and influencers to enhance ethical reporting on sensitive issues such as discrimination, equality and patriarchy through a voluntary charter and media awards.
4. Policy dialogues on local and national level will engage 150 local/ regional and 50 national decision makers, including the municipal gender focal points, to increase their awareness and improve their policies regarding the needs of vulnerable groups.
The project aims to address empowerment in three dimensions:
In terms of economic empowerment, the project aims to reach increased payment, better jobs, better access to state funding, less unpaid work for women and increase of women in management positions in business. Trainings will include guidance to access state funding and services for businesses, women with disabilities and youth.
Political empowerment implies an increase of women in decision making positions in the public sphere, reached by implementing legal quota and mentoring candidates. Local activists will be mentored to formulate and present their priorities in municipal policy dialogues, public budgeting meetings, participate in gender budget analysis, and follow through to make sure that their needs and priorities are integrated in policy and budgets by the relevant authorities.
Social empowerment will be stimulated against the background of the mainstream patriarchal stereotypes regarding women’s’, (ethnic) minorities’, and people with disabilities’ equal participation in society. Especially young people will be trained to formulate their priorities for their participation in society and enabled to implement projects that will make people view traditional roles of women and minorities in a different perspective.
Following a series of online meetings, the project team held a kick-off meeting with partner organizations on March 25-26 to discuss the concept and administration of the project. Highlights were a mini training on the involvement of women with disabilities in project activities and strategic planning on strengthening women’s economic empowerment. The partner organizations shared their work to the participants and they were able to find common crossing points in their activities.
This project is financially supported by the European Union
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