Laws, policies and programmes affect women and men in different ways. How do we take these differences into account so that we advance equality, instead of perpetuating existing gender inequalities?
A gender impact assessment (GIA) is the answer. This kind of evidence-based assessment allows policy makers to foresee the impact of a new law, policy or programme on the lives of women and men. It is an important first step for identifying, predicting and assessing how women and men will be affected, and whether legislation, policies or programmes will reduce, maintain or increase gender-based disparities. This helps us ensure that outcomes support gender equality and improve the lives of both men and women.
In this spirit, the EU-funded EU4Gender Equality Reform Helpdesk delivered a series of trainings in Georgia on conducting gender impact assessments (18–22 July 2022). Officials – from the Ministries of Justice, Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs and its subordinate agencies, the Training Centre of Justice,as well as the General Prosecutor’s Office – learned about the needs of different groups and how public policies affect women, men, girls and boys differently. The trainings strengthened their skills to detect the gendered impact of laws, policies and programmes on different groups, and how to ensure that women’s and men’s voices are included in policy-making processes. Deploying these skills in practice will lead to better results for women and men across Georgia.
The EU4GenderEquality: Reform Helpdesk project, funded by the European Union and implemented by Niras, aims to ensure effective and equal results for women and men across Eastern Partnership countries – including Georgia – by expanding the use of gender analysis in decision-making and reforms.
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