To Bolster the Position of Women
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.