International missions in Georgia are calling for action to end violence against women and girls

Representatives of international missions operating in Georgia on Friday made a statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and called for strengthening a “holistic” national framework to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls in the country.

The joint statement noted that Georgia had made “significant progress” in “effectively combating” violence against women and girls by creating a comprehensive political and legal framework, compiling data and strengthening institutions to efficiently enforce the laws .

Despite these significant efforts to combat gender-based violence in Georgia, women continue to die as a result of these horrific crimes. Femicide often represents the continuum of other forms of violence experienced by women and girls,” the statement said.

The statement also noted that sexual violence persists in Georgia, with an extremely low number of reports and related cases reaching courts.

“The persistent patriarchal norms and deep-rooted stereotypes in Georgian society tend to blame the victims and condone violence against women and girls,” stressed the representatives of the international missions.

We call for the strengthening of a holistic national framework to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls in Georgia. Efforts should be translated into concrete action through the necessary legislative action. […] Building and strengthening an enabling environment for the economic, political and social empowerment of women is paramount,” they also noted.

“As everyone has a central role to play in addressing violence against women and girls, we remain steadfast in our determination to support the Georgia government, civil society and other partners in realizing women’s and girls’ inalienable right to life respected and enjoyed free from violence for the benefit of all,” the statement concluded.

The joint statement was signed by the United Nations in Georgia, the European Union delegation in Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the embassies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia , France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.