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Gender Equality Council Performance Assessment Report

11 December, 2018

 

The report conducted by International Transparency - Georgia within the framework of parliamentary monitoring project covers the activities of Gender Equality Council (hereinafter the "Council") carried out during the reporting period (January, 2017[1] - July, 2018) and main activities of the Parliament in the field of gender equality.

Achievements

  • The performance of the acting Council, as compared with the Council of previous convocation, has improved with regard to working on new legislative amendments and also the gender analysis of the effective legislation;
  • Development of Action Plan by Gender Equality Council[2];
  • Council's reaction to high-profile cases, manifested both in public statements, made by the Council,[3] and in the exercise of the right to pose a question within the framework of parliamentary oversight (e.g. with regard to assassination of the mother of 4 children in Tbilisi);
  • Development of methodology for gender analysis of legislative proposals and initiatives by the Council;
  • It was provided by Council Regulations that an employee of the Office of the Council Chairperson/Secretariat will be responsible for Council office management.

Challenges

  • The Council has not conducted pilot gender analysis of 2018 State Budget, what was its commitment under the Action Plan[4];
  • A commitment under the Action Plan was not performed, specifically - the gender impact of only 2 draft laws was assessed instead of 5;
  • Part of legislative amendments (e.g. Labor Code, legislative initiatives conditioned by  Istanbul Convention were not initiated within the framework of the commitment under the Plan.

Recommendations

  • Conduct of gender impact analysis of legislation should be provided by law not as a power of Gender Council, but rather its obligation. It is reasonable to  institutionally strengthen the Council for it to be fully capable of conducting comprehensive analysis of key draft laws/reforms;
  • The Council should submit the methodology of monitoring of fulfillment of international and national commitments in the field of gender security to the Parliament from time to time;
  • The new draft Rules of Procedure of the Parliament should provide for the obligation to present information about the impact on gender equality (if there is such) to be defined as one of the components of an explanatory note;
  • It will be reasonable for the Council to periodically publish information about gender impact analysis of draft laws on the web page of the Parliament as well;
  • It is important for gender analysis of the Budget to be conducted on an annual basis;
  • The Council should intensify the oversight of the activities of the Government related to gender issues, give out recommendations and oversee their fulfillment.

 


[1] Gender Equality Council of IX convocation was set up on 5 January, 2017.

[2] The Council of the Parliament of previous convocation had no action plan as an independent guideline document.

[3] Council Statement of 12 January, 2018 regarding cases of domestic violence https://goo.gl/Y83MjR; Council Statement of 18 July, 2017 regarding violent comments disseminated in social media against Georgia's former youth representative in the UN https://goo.gl/Ccr3aB.

[4] Under the Action Plan this commitment is to be performed by: Gender Equality Council, Budget Office of the Parliament, under the assistance of donor organizations. See 2017 Action Plan, Commitment 1.5 https://goo.gl/CtGCgH