Gender Equality Council
Type of measure: Other institutional mechanism
Form of violence: Violence against women in general
Level of government: National
In 2010, with the aim of ensuring systemic and coordinated work on gender issues, the Parliament of Georgia created the Gender Equality Coucil. The Council, according to the Law on Gender Equality (2010) - please see supra, Articles 12.2, 12.3 and 12.4 - is entitled to: develop and submit an Action Plan on ensuring gender equality to the Government of Georgia for endorsement, and ensure coordination and monitoring of its implementation; carry out gender audit and develop proposals for overcoming existing gender disparities in the legislation; conduct gender review of draft laws; develop targeted programs and plan separate activities for achieving gender equality and enjoyment of equal rights by women and men; develop and institutionalise the system of monitoring and evaluation of interventions for ensuring gender equality, as well as develop respective recommendations; request and receive any information or documentation from any State or local self-governing bodies related to gender equality issues, except for documents, confidentiality of which is ensured by the current legislation; review statements, documentation or other information regarding violation of gender equality, respond to them, and develop relevant recommendations under its authority; invite representatives and/or experts from international or local organisations working in the relevant field to discuss issues related to gender equality; perform other activities defined by the legislation of Georgia.
The Council coordinates and exercises oversight over the ministries and sub-agencies activities in the field of gender equality protection and implementation, and provide recommendations for ensuring gender equality, as required. The Council shall annually submit a report on gender equality in Georgia to the Parliament of Georgia, and prepare reports on the fulfilment of obligations in terms of ensuring gender equality under international agreements. Based on the decision of the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, the Gender Equality Council is authorised to represent the Parliament of Georgia on gender equality issues in international relations.
Non-governmental organizations and representatives of academia working in the field of women rights protection and gender equality closely cooperate with the Gender Equality Council. The Expert Group follows-up on thematic issues within the ambit of the Gender Equality Council. The Council persistently cooperates with the UN agencies, other international organizations and wider spectrum of governmental and non-governmental entities.
It is also worth mentioning that the Gender Equality Council took an active part in the work of the Council of Europe's Ad Hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) which elaborated Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
Articles 12.2, 12.3 and 12.4 of the Law on Gender Equality (2010) provides for the establishment of the Gender Equality Council as follows:
"2. For the purpose of ensuring regular and coordinated work on gender issues pursuant to the Regulations of the Parliament and Georgian Legislation the Parliament of Georgia shall establish a Gender Equality Council. The membership, statute, functions and authority of the Council shall be determined under this Law, the Regulations of the Parliament and the Regulations of the Gender Equality Council which shall be approved by the Chairman of the Parliament.
3. The Gender Equality Council shall be authorized to:
a) develop and present to the Parliament of Georgia for approval the Action Plan for Gender Equality, ensure coordination and monitoring of implementation of the Action Plan;
b) perform analysis of the legislation and draft proposals for overcoming gender inequalities existing in the legislation;
c) provide expertise of draft legislative acts submitted under legislative initiatives with respect to gender equality assessment;
d) elaborate and plan activities to achieve gender equality, ensure enforcement of equal rights of women and men;
e) elaborate and implement the monitoring and evaluation system of activities targeted at ensuring gender equality, develop recommendations;
f) request and receive any information and documents related to the study of gender equality issues, except for the confidential documentation under the effective legislation;
g) review applications, documentation and other information submitted with respect to violation of gender equality, take steps in response within its authority and develop appropriate recommendations;
h) during review of gender equality issues invite representatives of international or local organizations and/or experts working in the relative field;
i) implement other rights granted by the legislation of Georgia.
4. The Gender Equality Council shall submit to the Parliament of Georgia the annual report on the status of gender equality in Georgia, prepare reports on the status of implementation of obligations assumed at the international level with respect to gender equality. On the basis of a relevant decision of the Chairman of Parliament the Council shall be entitled to represent the Parliament of Georgia in international relations with respect to gender equality issues."
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collaboration with NGOs/CSOs | collaboration with international/regional organisations | educational professionals | government officials
Evaluation: No known evaluation undertaken to date.
Sources of information:
Response of the Government of Georgia to the questionnaire on violence against women 2012; Parliament of Georgia; Law on Gender Equality (2010); UN Women
Date information on this measure was last updated: 07-23-2012