International delegations to Georgia have called for ‘resolute action’ to prevent violence against women and girls on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The delegations said that Georgia has achieved ‘notable progress’ in recent years to combat gender-based violence. However, they maintained that Georgian women and girls still face violence both in their ‘private and public lives.’
Joint Statement of the Embassies, the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Monitoring mission in Georgia and the UN system in Georgia on the International Day for the #EliminationofViolenceAgainstWomen https://t.co/9Pdzci1BHW— UN in Georgia (@ungeorgia) November 25, 2021
Women and girls from vulnerable social groups, including communities affected by conflict and people with disabilities, are facing an increased risk of violence, deepened by the economic and social crisis brought on by the pandemic, they wrote.
The delegations called on the Georgian government to promote women’s political and economic participation as they are ‘key factors’ in preventing gender-based violence.
Prevention strategies, which address the root causes of violence against women and girls need to be stepped up, including actions that engage men and boys to challenge harmful stereotypes, they added.
The joint statement was issued by the United Nations system in Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Monitoring mission in Georgia, and the Embassies to Georgia of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.