On 25 November, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy announced the new Gender Action Plan (GAP) III to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all European Union’s member states and partner countries.
GAP III provides a policy framework for the EU to accelerate progress on empowering women and girls, and to safeguard the achievements made during the 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint for advancing women’s rights.
The Platform for Action imagined a world where each woman and girl can exercise her freedoms and choices, and realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to go to school, to participate in decisions and to earn equal pay for equal work.
The actions of the European Union have already made a significant contribution towards these gender equality goals. The amount of EU funding targeting gender equality has increased every year since 2016 and, as a result of the European Union’s efforts, gender equality features regularly on the agenda of political and policy dialogues in partner countries, whether on human rights, democracy, SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights), or decent work.
In Georgia, EU is providing over 65 million GEL for the human rights programme which includes concrete support to the victims of Domestic Violence and supports actions to fight Violence against Women.
The health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are particularly devastating for women and girls. Under challenging circumstances, this additional stress can result in women, youth and children becoming victims of domestic violence. During the last lockdown this spring, official domestic violence hotlines around the world reported a 30 %increase in calls.
Through its Rapid Response Mechanism in Georgia, EU supports a series of initiatives and projects aiming to assist existing or potential victims of domestic violence and violence against a women through providing legal and psychological online and phone support, raises awareness of available government domestic violence support services, and works with municipalities to develop response plans.
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