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Webinar on the Implementation of Legal Norms Regulating Sexual Harassment

17 June 2020 Webinar on the Implementation of Legal Norms Regulating Sexual Harassment

On June 16 an online coordination meeting on the implementation of legal norms regulating sexual harassment was organized with the support of USAID/PROLoG and the initiative of the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia. Adam Schmidt, Director of Democracy, Governance and Social Development at USAID Georgia, Nino Tsilosani, Member of the Gender Equality Council, Nino Tsatsiashvili, Deputy Minister of the Internal Affairs, Nino Lomjaria, Public Defender of Georgia, Lela Akiashvili, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues made opening remarks. 

One year has passed since the adoption of legislation regulating sexual harassment in the workplace and public spaces. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the extent that the legislation fulfills its initial purpose, how it works and what practices have been introduced. Representatives of the Gender Equality Council, the Public Defender’s Office (PDO), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), LEPL Civil Service Bureau, High School of Justice (HSOJ), the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) and JSC MFO Crystal spoke about the results and challenges in the implementation of the sexual harassment regulation.

The participants identified several major challenges, including lack of evidence and the process of identifying an offender in sexual harassment cases, and suggested ways for improvement. The rate of sexual harassment referrals to the Public Defender has increased since the legislative amendments. With the support of PDO and international organizations, police officers receive training to increase their sensitivity towards sexual harassment issues. Public awareness and solidarity to the alleged victims of sexual harassment are also key, as well as support of organizations to improve their internal mechanisms and develop policies to respond and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

USAID/PROLoG plans to further support a number of activities–trainings, awareness raising campaigns, education–to ensure that sexual harassment regulations are effectively implemented.

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