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Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Gender equality and female empowerment are core development objectives, fundamental to the fulfillment of human rights and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes.  In Georgia, one of USAID’s goals is to improve the lives of Georgian citizens, by advancing equality between women and men, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of Georgian society. USAID works with a range of institutions to empower women entrepreneurs, enhance women’s educational attainment, increase the number of women in leadership positions in government at national, regional, and local levels; support the role of women as peacemakers; and increase the participation of women in political parties and the legislature.  In doing so, the Mission implements and advances the goals of USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy
USAID supports several projects that have an explicit purpose of advancing gender equality and female empowerment.  These include: 
Promoting Gender Equality in Employment
Sep 2013 - Dec 2016
Article 42 of the Constitution

The program promotes advocacy and awareness initiatives designed to increase gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Georgia and ensure inclusive economic growth in which women participate on an equal basis with men. The program works by mobilizing women to demand enforcement of their rights to equality at different work places; increasing the incentives for employers to comply with the existing non-discrimination provisions in Georgian law; and enhancing the current legislative and regulatory framework to increase protection for women’s rights to equality in the workplace.
Reduction of Domestic Violence in Georgia  
Sep 2015 – Sep 2018
State Fund for Protection and Assistance of (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking (ATIP Fund) 
The purpose of the Activity is to support the Government of Georgia’s National Action Plan to address domestic violence (DV) prevention and protection services.  This will be achieved by institutionalizing the role of DV social workers; establishing a national referral system; and providing anti-DV education through schools, civic dialogue, and media campaigns.