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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GLOBALink | Woman showcases impressive martial arts skills

Published in CHINA
Thursday, 20 January 2022 13:56

A martial arts teacher in Gansu, China is known as a "wonder woman" for her impressive skills.

Zhang Hanliang hopes that by sharing her videos online, more people around the world can get to know about Chinese #KungFu. 

Produced by Xinhua Global Service

Lika Merabishvili – a Georgian woman who strives to promote cycling in Tbilisi with EU support

Published in Sport
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 10:20

In Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, the first steps are being made towards developing cycling infrastructure alongside the expansion of the automotive industry. Cycling activist Lika Merabishvili is striving to promote cycling in the city with the EU’s support.

Cycling is known to be beneficial for joints, bone strength, the heart, brain and blood vessels. It also develops muscles and contributes to better health and mood. According to Lika, who is also project coordinator of the NGO Safe Drive (“Partnership for Road Safety”), this is a healthy, “green” and cost-effective mode of transport.

Unfortunately, not many people choose a bicycle as their means of transportation. Due to various factors, they prefer to use public transport or cars instead. This is also the case in Tbilisi, where traffic is very busy.

Lika explains that the city is overloaded with cars, and promoting the use of bicycles is one way to change this. However, in order to enable more people to use bicycles, the city should have appropriate infrastructure in place and cycling should become safe.

“In order to reduce the number of cars in the city, public transport and cycling have to be developed”, says Lika, who received a fellowship from the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship Programme to promote this issue.

On a couple of occasions, dozens of cyclists have moved together in the central streets of Tbilisi and forced surprised car drivers to give way to them – an unusual scene to witness in the city. This happened when two cycling demonstrations were organised in the framework of Lika’s project, aiming at bicycle promotion. “Cycling Club” members, representatives of the Mayor’s Office and others participated in the demonstration.

Lika recalls that the project implementation period coincided with the time when the Tbilisi Mayor’s Office was setting up cycle paths in Saburtalo district. She sees this as a step forward, although she adds that more such cycle paths need to be set up. As well as promoting it, her project aims to advocate for the topic together with the Mayor’s Office.

“On the Mtkvari river embankment there is another old cycle path but it does not meet any of the European standards… At the meeting with the Mayor’s Office staff we presented a plan for how to arrange a cycle path on University Street at the University ‘High Block’.”

She says that this should be part of a complex policy with a focus on the well-being of citizens.

Author: Luka Pertaia

Article published by Netgazeti.ge in Georgian.

 

 

Fighting For Equality: What Does It Mean To Be a Woman In Today’s Ukraine

Published in World
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 12:25

8th of March is an International Women’s Day, founded 100 years ago by the feminists of New York. Although many positive changes happened since that time, the mere fact that women still have to celebrate it with marches means there are more things to fight for. Ukraine is a unique country regarding the rights of woman: soviet ideology made her socially equal to man (at least on paper, which does not always mean real equality), at the same time private life was shadowed and family became a closed bubble. Ukraine has lower rates for violence against women if compared to average European. Yet the stereotypes do not give an opportunity to see the real numbers, which might be higher. Let us take a closer look at the challenges of Ukrainian women.

In average 33% of women in Europe experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner and/or a non-partner since the age of 15, FRA reports. In Ukraine this percent is lower – 19% woman in the age from 15 to 49 experiences at least one form of physical or sexual violence, UN Women Ukraine reports.

Recent research demonstrate that 80%-90% of Ukrainians do not tolerate gender-based violence and domestic violence. 77% of respondents answered “no” to the suggestion “if husband wants sex, wife has to obey, because it is her duty” (women -88%, men – 73%). 92% of respondents think that women should not tolerate in any way inappropriate touches from strangers, (95% – women, 93% – men). 86% of respondents do not think if a woman complains that her husband is beating her, she is guilty herself (90% – women, 81% – men). 85% do not think that rape is a fault of a woman-victim (81% – women, 90% – men).

According to the same research, militarization, war and numerous acts of violence that happened since late 2013 had effect on the issue: 39% of the militaries that signed the contract after demobilization would not want police to interfere in family fights or acts of violence between the spouses. Meanwhile the majority of the veterans and militaries supported the help of the law enforcers in the violent situations in families and do not think that hursh experience in war zones is an excuse for violence at home.

This year Ukraine made a significant move towards fighting violence against women: domestic violence was criminalized by the new Law “On Prevention and Counteraction to Domestic Violence.” The document provides for the introduction of an integrated approach to combating domestic violence, according changes to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine implement the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). It criminalizes domestic violence, gives a broader definition of rape in line with international standards.

“The new law gives much more powers to the law enforcers, police, in order to protect victims of domestic violence. It also introduces temporary restraining orders, enlarges a membership of the authorities who are obliged to prevent and fight against violence, those are medical and educational authorities, courts, public prosecution service, and others, who never had such obligations before,” comments to UkraineWorld Kateryna Levchenko, Governmental Commissioner on Gender Policy at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. “The new law also has negative parts, I’m pointing out on the Unified Register of Domestic Violence Cases and Gender-Based Violence, as it will become a tool for further victimization and stigmatization. This Register should also be supplied with the contacts of the person who reported on the act of violence, which might result in persecutions.”

So far new law on violence against woman does not include definition “gender”. “So far ukrainian society is far from accepting “gender” even as a word in legislation. MPs see it as a step towards legitimization of sex reassignment surgery, or same-sex marriages. The believe that that all will threat traditional Ukrainian society,” tells UkraineWorld Olga Dunebabina, La-Strada Ukraine representative. “There is an actual fear that gender equality will ruin “traditional ukrainian family”. Unfortunately, church is also on the side of the politicians.”

According to the UN Office in Ukraine 4.4 million of people are affected by the war, 1.6 are internally displaced, 3.4 require humanitarian assistance and protection. Yet, despite the fact of these numerous violations of human rights, Ukrainian women still have not had access to decision-making roles concerning conflict resolution. “Their voices are continuously silenced and marginalized in political peace dialogue process,” states UN Women Ukraine.

Yet, some positive changes do happen even in the war-torn Donbas. Earlier this year first Center for Social and Psychological Assistance to People Affected by Violence or Ill-Treatment was opened in Slovyansk. The Center will become a safe place where women who were affected by various forms of violence will get psychological, social and legal support.

UN Women Ukraine report that it will take over 50 years to achieve gender equality in Ukrainian politics. Although, temporary special measures can help expedite the process, that is positive discrimination like reserving senior positions for women. For now only 12% of MP’s are women. Yet, Ukrainian prominent politicians like Ulyana Suprun, Minister of Health, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Liliia Hrynevych, Minister of Education and Science, not only prove the ability for women to get the highest places in society, they also are the promoters for their rights in different aspects of life,  from medicine to education, business and politics.

Just recently magazine “Novoye Vremya” published the list of top-100 women in Ukraine, demonstrating their success in all the industries. Women also play increasingly bigger roles in business, journalism, NGO sector and activism in Ukraine, which is truly inspiring.

On December 22, 2017 Ministry of Health of Ukraine invalidated the Decree № 256 “On Approval of the List of Heavy Work and Work in Harmful and Dangerous Working Conditions Which Forbid the Use of Labor of Women” from December 29, 1993. This granted women’s access to all 450 occupations previously prohibited by the Decree.

The differences in wages, though, does exist in Ukraine. Women receive about 80% of the amount given to men on that same positions almost in all industries. This leads to the further discrimination in pensions.

In February 2018 Ukraine began its three-year chairmanship at the UN Human Rights Council. Ukrainian President tweeted, that this opportunity will be taken to protect human rights around the globe, in Ukraine and specially on the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. In the meanwhile government and NGOs are doing their job to protect the vulnerable, all of the Ukrainian society has to face the fact of existing violence and discrimination and stand against it.

Prepared by Anna Kyslytska for UkraineWorld group (ukraineworld.org)

This article has been first published on ukraineworld.org  

http://ukraineworld.org/2018/03/fighting-for-equality-what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-woman-in-todays-ukraine/

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Man jumped into Mtkvari in Rustavi

Published in Society
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:44

After the young woman, the man jumped into the river Mtkvari. According to the reports, the incident had happened recently in Rustavi City. Patrol crews arrived on time. They rescued the 35 years old man. He was taken to hospital by the ambulance.  His life is out of danger.
As it is known, last night, 44 years old woman jumped into the river from the central bridge. The rescue operations are underway but unsuccessfully. 

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