How to De­stroy Stereo­types?

An in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence “The Role of Women in En­sur­ing Peace and Se­cu­rity in So­ci­ety” was held in Tashkent re­cently.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN - Igor Ostapenko

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.

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