Gender Equality in Uzbekistan
Together with its partners, UNDP has empowered women through strengthening their capacity in various areas. In the small and medium business and entrepreneurial sectors, UNDP has supported women through vital capacity building and training to improve their business management skills. Work in this field has especially focused on the Aral Sea Region. UNDP also promoted gender-sensitive economic policies to address women’s needs nationwide.
On a range of levels, UNDP has actively empowered women to build their economic standing within Uzbekistan. The concept of gender budgeting has now been firmly introduced through the budget code, while with UNDP’s support, financial decision-makers have worked in close collaboration with the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan to make sure women’s empowerment receives the vital financial support it requires. Women-led businesses have received the support and assistance needed to find footholds in national and international marketplaces. A particular focus has been on the Republic of Karakalpakstan bordering the Aral Sea, where women’s roles in business and government have been significantly improved through assistance from UNDP and other UN agencies. Enhancing the professional capacities of women has helped ensure their greater participation in decision-making, while infrastructure projects have significantly improved the lives of women and girls in isolated communities. Over 200 local small businesses have been supported, a significant amount either operated by or employing women.
Gender Projects and Initiatives
The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information to different audiences and key stakeholders involved in water management and environmental protection, in addition to relevant donor organisations, about the crucial role that women play in water management. more