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.

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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.

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