Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus
The overarching goal/impact of the project is to ensure that women, particularly the poor and socially excluded, in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are economically empowered and participate in relevant decision-making.
The following outcomes are envisaged by the project:
Outcome 1: Women, particularly the poor and socially excluded, use skills, economic opportunities and relevant information to be self-employed and/or to join the formal labour sector in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
Outcome 2: Armenia and Georgia implement adequate legislative and policy frameworks to enable women’s economic empowerment
Outcome 3: Government and public institutions develop and deliver gender-responsive programmes, public services, strategies and plans for women’s economic empowerment in Armenia and Georgia
The project's expected outputs are:
1.1: Women, particularly poor and socially excluded, obtain skills and opportunities to be (self-) employed in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
1.2: Women and women’s groups are empowered to participate in local planning and budgeting (e.g. GRB discussions)
1.3: Selected private enterprises are empowered to serve as opinion leaders in terms of Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
2.1: Data and evidence generated to develop legislative and policy frameworks that enable women’s economic empowerment in Armenia and Georgia
2.2: National gender machineries of Armenia and Georgia supported to carry out changes in policy and legislative frameworks enabling women’s economic empowerment
3.1: Targeted government and public institutions are strengthened to mainstream gender in their operations and develop gender responsive programmes, services and plans in Armenia and Georgia
3.2: Employees of targeted government and public institutions have knowledge and skills to mainstream gender in respective programs, public services, strategies and plans in Armenia and Georgia
The project aims to reach out directly to 1,070 women from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, at least 30 per cent of whom are poor and socially excluded women from each country, with skills building and capacity development interventions as well as opportunities for (self-)employment.
Activities relevant to Outcome 1 will focus on the provision of women, particularly poor and socially excluded groups of women, with information, skills development and economic opportunities to be self-employed and/or to join the formal labour sector.
Activities relevant to Outcome 2 focus on the generation of data and evidence on strategic priority issues for improved policymaking and legislating for women’s economic empowerment and further advocacy and lobbying.
Activities related to Outcome 3 aim at institutional capacity development for gender mainstreaming, including introducing specific gender assessment tools and methodologies as well as intra-institutional policies and prioritizing training of the staff of target government and public institutions in gender mainstreaming.
The economic empowerment of women (WEE) – to succeed and advance economically and to make and act on economic decisions – is a prerequisite for realizing gender equality and empowering women in all areas of life. It is also a cornerstone for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.
There has been progress in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in terms of reducing gender inequalities since gaining their independence in the 1990s. Yet, much work remains to achieve the full and equal participation of women in society and in the economy. The present project focuses on women economic empowerment in the Southern Caucasus countries.
It will be funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Cooperation.