To Bol­ster the Po­si­tion of Women

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - OPINION - El­dor Sat­torov

An in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence “The role of women in the demo­cratic re­newal and mod­ern­iza­tion of the coun­try: the ex­pe­ri­ence of Uzbek­istan and in­ter­na­tional prac­tice” has been or­ga­nized in Tashkent.

The event was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as women, tak­ing an ac­tive part in po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic life.

At the open­ing of the con­fer­ence, the speak­ers noted that in Cen­tral Asia, in par­tic­u­lar, in Uzbek­istan, the is­sue of gen­der equal­ity is im­por­tant, the con­stant at­ten­tion to en­sur­ing it con­trib­utes to strength­en­ing the author­ity of women in the life of the state and so­ci­ety, en­hanc­ing their so­cio-po­lit­i­cal and so­cial ac­tiv­ity, pro­tect­ing their rights in­ter­ests, sup­port of moth­er­hood and child­hood.

The in­ter­na­tional fo­rum was sig­nif­i­cant in that it was con­so­nant with the on­go­ing re­forms in the coun­try in terms of ma­te­rial and moral in­cen­tives and the full sup­port of women. The main pur­pose of the event is to fa­mil­iar­ize the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity with the sta­tus of women of Uzbek­istan in pub­lic and state ad­min­is­tra­tion, their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the so­ciopo­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic life of the repub­lic, as well as the study and prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

At the con­fer­ence, Natalia Ger­man, the spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, the head of the Re­gional Cen­ter for Pre­ven­tive Diplo­macy for Cen­tral Asia, noted that Uzbek­istan is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing large-scale trans­for­ma­tions not only in the women's is­sue, but in all spheres.

OSCE Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Gen­der Is­sues Melanie Verveer em­pha­sized that the new stage of the re­forms un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev launched the adop­tion of state doc­u­ments on gen­der equal­ity and the pre­ven­tion of all forms of vi­o­lence against women.

In­deed, to­day women of Uzbek­istan vividly man­i­fest them­selves in all spheres of life. Among them – 17 sen­a­tors, 15 deputies of the Leg­isla­tive Cham­ber, 15 He­roes of Uzbek­istan, six aca­demics, 514 doc­tors of science. Women con­sti­tute more than 23% of deputies of lo­cal Ken­gashes. 72% of those work­ing in the fields of science, ed­u­ca­tion, health, cul­ture and art are women. Over 8.5 thou­sand women work ef­fec­tively in ma­hal­las as con­sul­tants for re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion and spir­i­tual and moral ed­u­ca­tion. 285 tal­ented girls are lau­re­ates of the Zul­fiya State Prize.

To­day, large-scale work is be­ing car­ried out in the coun­try to cre­ate con­di­tions for in­creas­ing the ac­tiv­ity of women, re­al­iz­ing their tal­ent and po­ten­tial. An ex­am­ple of this is the in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions es­tab­lished by the Women's Com­mit­tee of Uzbek­istan. In terms of solv­ing women’s is­sues, the com­mit­tee has es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion with Rus­sia, Azer­bai­jan, Turk­menistan, Kaza­khstan, China and Ger­many.

Gul­nor Odilova, the head of the Gul­nor Art lim­ited li­a­bil­ity com­pany in the city of Shahris­abz in the Kashkadarya re­gion, is an ac­tive en­tre­pre­neur who en­joys re­spect among peo­ple. To­day at the en­ter­prise headed by it make 75 types of pro­duc­tion. More than 250 women are em­ployed.

“My grand­mother sewed bathrobes for the Emir of Bukhara,” says Gul­nor-opa. “To­day, the prod­ucts of our team are marked in many coun­tries of the world. I be­lieve that na­tional tra­di­tions are a valu­able her­itage left to us by our an­ces­tors. The cur­rent in­ter­na­tional event is a prac­ti­cal re­flec­tion of the at­ten­tion paid in our coun­try to women en­trepreneurs. In our coun­try, women are al­ways highly val­ued. This is ev­i­denced by my busi­ness. In de­vel­op­ing any idea, I am al­ways as­sisted by the gov­ern­ment and the women's com­mit­tee.”

“Cur­rently, in Afghanistan, the women’s is­sue oc­cu­pies the main place,” said Dil­bar Nazari, Min­is­ter for Women’s Af­fairs of Afghanistan. “Our con­sti­tu­tion de­fines the is­sues of grant­ing free­doms to women, en­sur­ing their equal­ity and in­creas­ing their ac­tiv­ity in the gov­ern­ment. In this di­rec­tion, laws and reg­u­la­tions are be­ing de­vel­oped. To­day, 27% of women work in the lower house of par­lia­ment, 26 in state bod­ies, 39 in schools, 23 in uni­ver­si­ties. De­spite the prob­lems, we are mak­ing progress on the is­sue of equal­ity. Be­cause Afghan women are sup­port­ers of peace­ful, calm life. And there­fore we are in­fin­itely grate­ful to Uzbek­istan, the UN and other coun­tries for their sup­port in this di­rec­tion. The cur­rent meet­ing in Tashkent pro­vided am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for strength­en­ing mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial ties and learn­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Uzbekistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.