International High-Level Conference: Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region opened in Tbilisi.
Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili delivered introductory remarks. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Cihan Sultanoglu addressed the gathering of invited guests.
In his speech the Georgian Foreign Minister focused on the objective of the Conference consisting in bringing together government officials and parliamentarians of various countries, representatives of civil society and scientific communities to discuss the challenges facing the European Neighbouring Policy region. Giorgi Kvirikashvili expressed the hope that the Conference provides a good platform for finding ways to achieve the common goal – gender equality.
The Vice Prime Minister emphasised that the formation of Georgia as a democratic state largely depends on full and equal involvement of women in the political, economic and social development of the country. Though a lot remains to be done for achieving the high level of gender equality and fulfilment of women’s rights and freedoms.
In his introductory remarks, the Minister spoke about the commitments Georgia undertook by signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, including the improvement and harmonisation of gender laws and policy, as well as enhancement of women’s labour rights.
“We are the generation who will finally eliminate discrimination of women based on the principles of gender equality and women’s rights. I am confident that through concerted efforts we will achieve the common goal” – Giorgi Kvirikashvili said.
The International High-Level Conference: Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region is held in Tbilisi, on 10 November. Around 250 guests and high-ranking officials will take part in the event held at the initiative of the Georgian Government in partnership with the United Nations and the European Union.