Capacity Building of the Women's Committee
Achieving gender equality and empowering women significantly raise the potential to reduce poverty, and to achieve higher levels of well-being in societies.
In Uzbekistan, the difficult economic situation, together with the cultural barriers and stereotypes, pose difficulties for many women such as: decreasing share of girls in secondary and higher education, limited access to employment and income generating activities (about two-thirds of the unemployed are women), domestic violence, and trafficking. The current share of women in the Parliament is relatively high at 16 % (thanks largely to the quota), but more needs to be done in order to ensure that women's needs are properly reflected in national policies and activities.
The Women's Committee was established in 1991, as the main governmental body responsible for addressing women's issues and promoting their active participation in all spheres of life. The UNDP project facilitates the work of the Women's Committee to promote gender equality by strengthening its institutional capacity.
To strengthen the capacity of the Women's Committee, through training for better policy advice to other government agencies;
To raise awareness and advocate for gender equality.
Achievements & expected results
Staff of the Committee, and through them all the deputy Governors, to be trained on gender mainstreaming and on gender analysis, so that they will start applying their newly acquired knowledge to their daily work;
Civil servants, local government employees, community leaders and others to participate in awareness raising campaigns;
The Committee (both central and regional offices) have adequate facilities to conduct training activities and establish networking, which would allow them to exchange information and correspond with national and international partners;
The Committee to monitor and follow up on recommendations made at various international conferences related to gender equality.