Non Discrimination – Gender Equality Policy

Non Discrimination Policy

Association HERA XXI as the member of IPPF and supporter of its values, believes in social justice, and understands that a framework of non-discrimination underlies all human rights protection and promotion. This framework of non-discrimination prohibits any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of sex; age; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; marital status; sexual history or behavior, real or imputed; race; color; ethnicity; language; religion; political or other opinion; national, geographical or social origin; property; birth; physical or mental disability; health status, including HIV; and civil, political, social or other status; which has the purpose or effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field. Association fully accepts the basic principles of Sexual RightsIPPF Declaration and believes sexual rights as one of the Basic Human rights and issue of discrimination and gender inequality should be the basis of the elimination of unequal access to cultural, economic, political or social rights because of sex; age; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; marital status; sexual history or behavior, real or imputed; sexual practices or sexual orientation; and the denial of sexual rights, such as sexual health services, comprehensive sexuality education and redress for sexual violence; which impair a person’s enjoyment of rights on an equal footing with others. Equality requires these barriers to be removed in order for diverse individuals to enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms on an equal basis with others. This may require that particular attention be paid to marginalized and under-served groups.

Association “HERA-XXI” insures equal access for all and the importance of targeting people with no or limited access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Association HERA XXI believes in social justice and challenges all forms of discrimination especially that based on sex, age, social class, disability, HIV status, sexual preference, religion, race and ethnicity. Through its work with adolescents, the HERA XXI has the unique opportunities to transform social attitudes towards boys and girls, as well as gender relations among boys and girls for the next generation. HERA XXI recognizes that the achievement of full and equal rights for girls will result from changes in social values, public policy and practice. HERA XXI works to support both girls and boys to fulfill their potential and become active members of their societies and recognizes the need to understand better the different needs of girls and boys, and to address those needs by directing resources through its program work in order to improve their positions in society.

Non-discrimination is an important principle that forms the basis of HERA XXI members’ work as organizations. The HERA XXI takes as the foundation of our practice the UN Convention on the Rights and IPPF Declaration on Sexual Rights to work to eliminate gender discrimination in societies at all levels.

  1. Organization commitment

Association “HERA-XXI” is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination and harassment, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity can contribute fully and have equal opportunities.

Under the Georgian legislations, every person has the right to be free from harassment and discrimination. Harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated, condoned or ignored at Organization. If a claim of harassment or discrimination is proven, disciplinary measures will be applied, up to and including termination of employment.

Association “HERA-XXI” is committed to a comprehensive strategy to address harassment and discrimination, including:

  • providing training and education to make sure everyone knows their rights and responsibilities
  • Identifying marginalized groups of the population and promoting access to the services;
  • regularly monitoring organizational systems for barriers relating to Codegrounds
  • promoting non discrimination during the working on all levels of the organization (including : implementing projects and its activities, promoting services and etc)
  • Promoting appropriate standards of conduct at all times.

Gender Equality Policy

  1. Goal

The goal of the Association “HERA-XXI policy gender equality policy is to support the achievement of equality between women and men to ensure access to the SRHR services equally.

  1. Association “HERA-XXI” aims to:
  • insure women’s equal participation with men in the working processes of the Association;
  • support women and girls in the realization of their full human rights; and
  • reduce gender inequalities in access to the SRHR services;

Laws, culture, social structures and family relationships play a central part in defining gender roles and relationships but in many societies religion and tradition are a constraint in the realization of women’s and children’s rights. In all societies, attitudes and beliefs about the roles, capabilities, the value and potential of girls and boys are deeply embedded. These are neither static nor universal but vary between cultures, over time, between generations and in relation to other social identities such as social class, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, caste, sexuality, HIV status, ability or disability. However, a universal feature is that these gender roles and responsibilities are not equal and it is often the case that men and boys have greater control over resources and access to power and decision-making than girls and women, which leads to inequalities between the sexes.

Association “HERA-XXI” Policy on Gender Equality is rooted in the following principles:

  1. Gender equality is a crosscutting theme and as such must be considered as an integral part of all Association “HERA-XXI” policies, programs and projects. Addressing gender equality as a crosscutting goal requires that women’s views, interests and needs shape the Association works as much as men’s, and that the organization supports progress toward more equal relations between women and men.
  2. Achieving gender equality requires the recognition that every policy, program and project affects women and men differently. Women and men have different perspectives, needs, interests, roles and resources-and those differences may also be reinforced by class, race, caste, ethnicity or age. Policies, programs and projects must address the differences in experiences and situations between and among women and men.
  3. Achieving gender equality does not mean that women become the same as men. Equality means that one’s rights or opportunities do not depend on being male or female.

 

Association HERA XXI believes that every individual should enjoy the equal rights and makes contribution to elimination of any kind of discrimination based on the Gender roles and power relations, attitude towards girls and women. No distinction should be made for Division of labor, Education and socialization. No person should be the victim of Violence. Association HERA XXI is committed to fulfill its fundamental principles based on the concept of non discrimination.

Adopted 17.04.2009

Reviewed 23.02.2012