New program provides financial and technical support to women in the Marneuli and Lagodekhi Municipalities

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 17 August 2022 14:55

The Rural Development Agency is launching a new program, providing financial and technical support to women, who are willing to set up a greenhouse in the Marneuli and Lagodekhi Municipalities. 

According to the administration of the Rural Development Agency, the program aims to integrate economically inactive women from Marneuli and Lagodekhi municipalities and help them to become full-fledged members of society, improve their socio-economic status and stimulate women's involvement in agricultural activities.

The pilot program was developed within the framework of the UN Women project " Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus". The Swiss and Austrian Development and Cooperation Agencies funded the project.
The total budget of the program amounts to USD 300,000, out of which USD 240,000 is donor financial resources, and USD 60,000 – is the participation of the Rural Development Agency.
According to the program, female beneficiaries will have the opportunity to set up a greenhouse on a small plot of land and produce agricultural products throughout the year for further sale.
The financing of the Agency shall be not more than 90%, not more than GEL 25,000 per beneficiary for setting up a greenhouse. Under the program, the plot of at least 200 square meters will be financed for the arrangement/building of a greenhouse.
The potential beneficiary can be an adult woman, not more than 60 years old, who owns or co-owns a plot of land not exceeding 5,000  square meters.
Within the program, technical assistance will be provided to the beneficiaries - a theoretical course on greenhouse management and maintenance of specific crops, also practical training for specific crops.
The priority will be given to those women who have the status of socially vulnerable or have a minor child(ren)while reviewing applications of the potential beneficiaries. 

 

Public attitudes toward LGBTQI people in Georgia are changing, yet the protection and realization of their rights remain a challenge

Published in Society
Friday, 06 May 2022 16:24

The United Nations and the Government of Sweden unveil research on human rights, legal protection and public attitudes toward the LGBTQI community in Georgia

TBILISI. 6 May 2022 – The LGBTQI people remain one of the least protected and most marginalized social groups in Georgia. They face discrimination and violence, while the protection and realization of their rights remain a challenge. Yet, recent research reveals that negative public attitudes toward the LGBTQI community have been decreasing in the last five years.

A series of studies were conducted by Georgia’s Public Defender’s Office and the non-governmental organization ‘Women’s Initiatives Support Group’ (WISG) with assistance from the Government of Sweden and the United Nations through its three agencies – UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The research reviews international standards in protecting LGBTQI rights and Georgia’s commitments in this area. It analyses the legal environment and widespread practices and examines public attitudes toward LGBTQI people in Georgia. The research also includes recommendations for specific state agencies.

The research findings point out positive changes in public attitudes in the last five years. Since 2016, the number of respondents who think that the LGBTQI community is interested in propaganda, and not in achieving equality, has decreased by 20.6 percent (55.9 percent in 2021 compared to almost 78 percent in 2016). The number of people with an extremely negative attitude toward the LGBTQI community and its human rights defenders dropped by around 20 percent and now hovers around 56 percent.

However, the research also captures the negative perception of the LGBTQI community in Georgia’s society. 48.2 percent of the respondents believe that LGBTQI people are fighting for privileges. 39.5 percent are convinced that the rights of the LGBTQI community are fully protected. At the same time, 38.6 percent note inadequate state response to the acts of violence and discrimination faced by the LGBTQI people.

The research was conducted under the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality, a Sweden-funded initiative implemented by UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA. Its reports are available on the UNDP website

Visa joins Grace Hopper Award Program in Georgia and Champions Woman in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:48

Tbilisi, April 13, 2022 - Visa became a part of the Grace Hopper Award Program in Georgia, founded by the USAID Economic Security Program in Georgia, in partnership with TBC Bank and UN Women.

Engaging as a supporter organization in the Grace Hopper Award Program is another step forward for Visa in its efforts of supporting women, innovations and also, contributing to development of an equal society. Empowering women in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry is especially important in terms of breaking stereotypes and overcoming challenges that women are facing nowadays. Visa believes that development of the ICT industry in Georgia itself is one of the most important driving forces in the modern economic advancement, as innovative technologies play a crucial role in the reality of rapidly growing demand on digitalization.

One of our top priorities is to spotlight and address women who face challenges and ensure they get the support needed, thus we are committed to provide equal opportunities for everyone based on professional competencies and leadership skills. Within the program we support ICT Champion category, and I believe that the winner we choose will receive our strong support, special prize and become a member of our big network.” – noted Diana Kiguradze, Visa Regional Manager for Caucasus region.

Bearing the name of a prominent American computer scientist and computer programming pioneer Grace Hopper, whose legacy continues to inspire many, this program recognizes the contribution of women that lead to positive changes in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. The program is supported by Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia, UGT and Majorel Georgia.

To apply for the nominations and fill out the application, please visit www.ictwomen.ge Applications will be accepted from April 8 to May 8, the finalists will be revealed on May 30, and an award ceremony will be held on June 10.

 

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EU and FAO mark support to over 800 most vulnerable IDP families in Georgia

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:21

Today representatives of the EU, FAO and Georgian Government marked the end of a 2 year project which assisted over 800 of the most vulnerable IDP families in Georgia.

The two year Equal Access of IDPs to Economic Opportunities project was funded by the EU and implemented by FAO in cooperation with UN Women, and focused on developing livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups of IDPs, namely single parents with minors, households with members with disabilities, and households led by youths and the elderly.  The project provided training and over GEL 4 million to help these families undertake investments in mechanization, orchards, vineyards, honey and dairy productions.  In total, 830 IDP households across Georgia benefitted from the project. 

The programme also funded 48 kindergartens across the country, giving up to 10,000 GEL to each institution to create playgrounds, buy bedroom furniture for babies, equip kitchens and heat the buildings. More than 2,700 children benefited.

The event was attended by Sozar Subari, the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, and Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.

Mr Herman noted that: "The EU has been supporting IDPs in Georgia for many years now. We are proud of the most recent project, which has provided funding and training to over 800 of the most vulnerable IDP families in Georgia to develop better livelihoods.  This is a true expression of the EU's commitment to help improve the lives of all Georgians, especially those most in need."

The project was the third phase of an EU/FAO initiative that started in 2009.  The first two phases focused on food security and providing investment opportunities to IDPs.  Each phases supported over 2000 IDP households in Georgia with a total budget of over GEL 16 million (EUR 5.4 million). 

IDP beneficiaries of the project from the various regions of Georgia also attend the event, bringing their agricultural products for the exhibition which was organized as the side activity of the event. Koba Ugrekhelidze, IDP with disability from Khoni, Imereti was one of the participants. He was supported with co-investment of 2 450 GEL for enlargement of his apiary. With the obtained grant he procured additional 30 bee families, 150 frames, 150 honeycombs and beekeeping equipment.

"In August 2017, I harvested and sold 200kg of honey, improving my annual income by 30%. I plan to reinvest the profits and increase the number of beehives even more. I’m grateful for the great opportunity to expand my business", Mr Ugrekhelidze said.

The guests also enjoyed a photo exhibition of the portraits of the IDP beneficiaries.

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