How to Destroy Stereotypes?
An international conference “The Role of Women in Ensuring Peace and Security in Society” was held in Tashkent recently.
The event was organized by the Regional Dialogue NGO. Director of this organization, Myusha Sever, emphasized in her speech:
“On the global scale, changes in social, economic and political life have significantly influenced the role of women in society, changing their tasks, often bringing more burdens for their personal lives. For women of Uzbekistan, it is necessary to conduct an open dialogue in order to express their opinion on cooperation with their fellow men and address the problems they face.”
This appeal was heard – foreign experts invited to the forum generously shared their experiences, and our compatriots called for breaking stereotypes that hinder the full advancement of women along the career ladder. Session 2 was aimed precisely at this, where barriers to women’s participation in politics, business, and management were openly discussed.
In particular, one of the speakers read out a long list of the number of women among the ministers of various countries, and our republic was clearly inferior to them by this indicator. And not only Denmark, Sweden or France, and even Afghanistan, where, it turns out, there are five women ministers.
Or take the representation of the fair sex in parliament. According to the participants of the conference, in Uzbekistan it is clearly not enough, about 16%. But among the candidates (according to the quota) there were 30% of women, why almost half of them lost the election? The explanation of the conference participants was simple – it turns out that stereotypes are blamed for everything, according to which it is difficult to imagine some voters among leaders or people’s representatives of women. But there could have been other reasons for the electoral fiasco, for example, not very successful programs of future parliamentary activity or insufficient activity during election campaigns. For some reason, the forum participants did not name them.
But in one, they were all one – in our country all possibilities have been created (both in legislation and in practice) so that women can show their high potential in any field of activity.