It’s time to work to remove the barriers that are holding back girls and women from fully contributing to making Georgia as strong as it can be, says a statement issued on 8 March by EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The statement also launches an EU social media campaign, which will run throughout March.
“During my two and a half years in this country, I continue to be impressed by the incredible work I see women professionals doing here, whether as entrepreneurs, journalists, CEOs, community leaders or politicians in the big cities and also in the regions,” said Hartzell. “Women that are creating new jobs, assisting vulnerable groups or working to improve their communities. Not to speak about the much less visible work many women are doing to maintain the household, and caring for their children and elderly.”
Although women’s contribution is significant, they on average still earn only two-thirds of men’s salaries, and less than half of women are employed outside the home, the Ambassador said. He also noted that “many women are vulnerable to discrimination or worse, gender-based violence, which is totally unacceptable”.
“Overall, Georgia is moving towards greater gender equality, but there is still a long way to go. And my message is simple – a country can only achieve its full strength when everybody is given the same opportunity to reach their potential,” Carl Hartzel concluded, inviting people to join the discussion within the campaign on the EU Delegation’s social media channels.
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