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Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

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Gender equality and female empowerment are core development objectives, fundamental to the fulfillment of human rights and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes.  In Georgia, one of USAID’s goals is to improve the lives of Georgian citizens, by advancing equality between women and men, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of Georgian society. USAID works with a range of institutions to empower women entrepreneurs, enhance women’s educational attainment, increase the number of women in leadership positions in government at national, regional, and local levels; support the role of women as peacemakers; and increase the participation of women in political parties and the legislature.  In doing so, the Mission implements and advances the goals of USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy
Supporting Youth Entrepreneurial Skills for Advancing Employability and Income Generation in Georgia
Sep 2015 – Apr 2021
Crystal Fund 

USAID assistance recognizes that long-term development requires more opportunities for young people and women. Through the Supporting Youth and Women Entrepreneurship in Georgia (YES-Georgia) program, USAID supports dynamic and inclusive economic growth by unleashing the power of young entrepreneurs and professionals. The initiative broadens economic opportunities by supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, and employability in key sectors. Specific activities involve skills training, confidence building, mentoring, and awareness raising, with high-performing participants having opportunities to receive co-financing.

The program is open to all people between the ages of 17 and 28. Additionally, to address the gender disparity in Georgia’s economy, it has been expanded to support women up to the age of 50. This reflects the fact that women entrepreneurs often venture into business later in life and tend to concentrate in industries with lower capital intensity and average revenue. It also recognizes that Georgia’s persistent gender gap remains an obstacle to sustainable economic growth.

In 2019, USAID announced the program would receive additional support from the U.S. government’s W-GDP initiative. The only program in Europe and Eurasia to be selected, YES-Georgia will invest $1 million in new funding to support entrepreneurship. Additionally, the program will renew its focus toward supporting women, launching new activities designed to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs. Through the beginning of 2024, YES-Georgia will provide more than 2,500 women with business management training, access to legal and accounting services, and mentoring and networking opportunities.

Last updated: April 28, 2020

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