Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Significant differences persist in the roles and status of women and men in Georgia, influenced by a patriarchal culture and traditions. Although women are highly educated, present in the workforce including being well-represented in small business and self-employment, and active in civil society, prevailing norms still dictate that women primarily are responsible for household duties and childcare. In reality, this means that women’s roles in the public sphere, especially in formal decision-making, are limited. Importantly, women’s share of family obligations presents burdens on their abilities to advance in their careers, participate in community projects and in development work in general. Women are underrepresented in political office both at the national and regional level. Such a significant imbalance has important repercussions for lobbying issues of women’s rights and for the overall responsiveness of the government to half of the population. In politics and employment generally, women are not found in top leadership positions but in supportive and assisting roles.
UNICEF Action to ensure gender equality
All gender activities are mainstreamed in the different programmes. A special ‘upstream’ gender assessment will be undertaken during 2010 in order to ensure all gender issues are adequately reflected in all UNICEF programmes.