The Deputy Chair of the Education, Science and Culture Committee and the member of Gender Equality Council met with the WB representatives.
As noted, WB aims at eradication of abject poverty and provision of gender equality.
Guguli Magradze introduced the GEC activity having the positive impact on eradication of poverty amongst women. “Eradication of poverty in UN Sustainable Development Goals is the tier 1 and the gender equality is seeded on the 5th place which evidences that these two goals are interlinked”, - she noted.
There is no difference in education between men and women in Georgia but the problem still remains with employment of women. “11% of common national income is being lost due to unequal access of women to employment and entrepreneurship. Up-today, women are mostly employed in so-called feminine professions. More girls shall obtain due education in engineering and technologies to ensure their employment on technical positions, which is one of the ways for elimination of inequality in incomes of men and women”.
USA Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded projects aim at development of higher education in engineering and technological disciplines.
The guests asked about impact of early marriage on employment of women and the ratio of employment of women in the Capital and the regions.
G. Magradze stated that tourism and hosting business needs more attention: “This is the sphere with the higher percent of women employed and they encounter certain challenges deriving from the cultural stereotypes. They have scarce accessibility to the financial resources and they need to be provided with the necessary trainings with support of WB programs”.
She introduced the GEC priorities for economic and political enhancement of women. “The Council has developed and initiated the Bill on labor rights of women and the legislative initiatives to prevent sexual abuse”.
She appealed to the WB to hold the survey for eradication of poverty in Georgia.