2012 Embassy Events
Ambassador Norland Addresses Meeting on Women’s rights and Gender Equality (December 16)
On Monday, December 17, Ambassador Richard Norland joined Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili to give remarks at a plenary session at the UN Gender Theme Group meeting, attended by representatives of media, local and international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donors and members of the UN Country Team.
At the session, Ambassador Norland stated: “Women’s equality is an issue of national security importance, of great significance to the development of any country, including Georgia and including the United States. Incorporating women into the political and economic life of the country is trying to move towards a better world, where you have fewer wars, where economic progress is greater. It’s been demonstrated that in those countries where women have greater economic and political participation, the economy does better. It is all about equality. Georgia has seen in recent years is gradual steady progress in recognizing this issue and organizing itself to address this issue.”
Violence against women persists in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality. The 16 days campaign took place between 25 November – International Day against Violence against Women and ended on 10 December.