With Love and Respect for Women
The Uzexpocenter venue in Tashkent has played host to a festive event occasioned to March 8 – the International Women’s Day.
Women, talented girls from the Republic of Karakalpakstan, all regions and the city of Tashkent, who work effectively in all spheres of society for the benefit of the Motherland, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Uzbekistan were invited to the event.
Participants of the event laid flowers to the Monument of Independence and Humanism, the monument to the Happy Mother, got acquainted with the sights of the capital.
At the festive occasion, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated the country’s women on the holiday.
In his speech, the head of state noted that on this joyous day, addressing our dear women with the warmest wishes coming from the heart, we first of all admire the sacred and blessed image of the Mother.
Tenderness and beauty, intellect and devotion, love, dedication and many other wonderful qualities inherent in women, from time immemorial, have been the source of the most noble human feelings and deeds. Women are dedicated to the best works of art, poems and songs, masterpieces of architecture throughout the world.
Caring for a woman who is the mainstay of family and society, filling our life with joy and beauty, rendering her due respect always have been an integral part of the mentality of our people. Thanks to you, dear women, our life takes on an even deeper meaning, is illuminated by the light of love and kindness, peace and prosperity reign in our homes.
Today, women of Uzbekistan are active in the political, social and scientific fields. Among them there are more than 500 doctors of science and academics, 15 Heroes of Uzbekistan, 17 senators, and 16 deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis. Women constitute more than 23 percent of the total number of deputies of local Kengashes and 45 percent of employees in various spheres and industries.
In our country, a large-scale work is carried out to enhance the role and status of women in society, creating favorable conditions for them. Starting from April 1 this year, the position of a specialist in working with women and strengthening spiritual and moral values in families has been introduced in the selfgovernment bodies of citizens.
That is, 8,800 educated women with great authority in society will engage in spiritual and moral education, improve family relations, prevent conflict situations, divorce, early marriages, and strengthen family values.
The Public Fund for the Support of Women and Families has been established, 300 billion soums are allocated for the organization of its effective activity at the first stage. The fund will pay special attention to ensuring the employment of women, improving their working conditions, attracting rural girls to family and private entrepreneurship, homebased work.
In 2017, the situation in more than 5 million households was studied, conversations with 15 million citizens were held, 72% of the nearly 500 thousand questions raised by the population were solved on the spot, conflict situations in more than 14 thousand families were resolved. The citizenship of the Republic of Uzbekistan was received by over 1100 people who lived in the country and did not have it, among them hundreds of women, which is undoubtedly an important step in ensuring the rights and freedoms of the individual.
In our country, special attention is also paid to such an important issue as the development of a network of pre-school educational institutions. A thoroughly thought-out policy in this sphere will allow to form a system of continuous education and enlightenment in the country.
Undoubtedly, the future begins with a kindergarten. The work we are doing in this direction, which at first sight seems simple and ordinary, in fact has a deep meaning and great social significance, is a response to the demands of life itself. This year we plan to organize more than 3 thousand kindergartens. Of these, 1,200 kindergartens will be rebuilt, 1,360 will be organized in existing buildings, and 470 home kindergartens will also be opened. At the same time, on the basis of publicprivate partnership, we widely use the opportunities of commercial banks and entrepreneurs.
Much is being done to strengthen the protection of motherhood and childhood, to strengthen the health of women, and to this end, to further improve the health care system, including emergency medical services, and improve the provision of medicines to the population. In the current year, to implement these tasks, it is planned to allocate almost 1 trillion soums from the budget, as well as to attract funds from international financial institutions.
I would like to note that, taking into account the needs of the population, we have begun to solve the housing problem, which for many years has been one of the most difficult. In this context, a positive response in our society is finding measures to build affordable housing on the basis of mortgage loans.
Last year, in the cities and villages of the country, standard and multi-storey houses with a total area of more than 3.5 million square meters were erected, thousands of our compatriots acquired new, modern housing. Of particular importance is the newly created system for improving the living conditions of socially vulnerable citizens and people with disabilities, allocating them preferential housing. In 2017 alone, a total of 1,207 women with disabilities in need were provided with affordable housing, 972 of which sponsor organizations provided sewing machines, and conditions for homebased work were created.
This year, measures in this direction will be further expanded, more than 10,000 women in need of social support and women with disabilities will be provided with work. In general, in 2018, taking into account the needs of the population, especially young families, the scale of construction of affordable housing will increase by 1.5-2 times. For this purpose, 5 trillion 286 billion soums will be directed.
As part of the implementation of the State Program adopted in connection with this, this year it is planned to allocate loans to women entrepreneurs for 2 trillion 800 billion soums.
I want to wish you: be always healthy and happy for your families, children, our whole country, for when a woman is happy, the entire society is happy, Shavkat Mirziyoyev concluded.
A set of measures on increasing socio-political activity of women, strengthening their role in the state and public governance, ensuring employment, wide attraction to entrepreneurial activity, further strengthening family is planned in the State Program on implementation of the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, in the Year of Support for Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies.
This year this holiday is held in a special way. A group of women was awarded honorary titles, orders and medals for outstanding services in strengthening family, educating the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and fidelity to the ideas of independence, respect for national and universal values, preserving the rich centuriesold spiritual heritage of people, successful implementation of socioeconomic reforms and improving the well-being of the population, for productive work in manufacturing industries, in entrepreneurship, science, education, healthcare, culture, art and other spheres of life of the country.
In addition, 28 girls – two from each region – were awarded the State Prize named after Zulfiya for their unique talent, initiative, success and special achievements in the spheres of education, science, literature, culture, art, sports and social activities.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev presented the high awards to laureates.
The event ended with a concert program with participation of celebrity musicians and young performers.