Gender Equality in Uzbekistan

Key Issues

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.

Achievements

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.

Out-of-the-box approach to solving complex problems

Training women in professional silk-weaving skills has helped to empower them with financial independence, while also taking pressure off the use of natural resources for income generation more

Gender Stories

In Uzbekistan, UN Development Programme has been doing a lot of work towards women’s empowerment. Still, current statistical data shows that there are areas that need the government's attention within all economic sectors and society as a whole.

Figures show: teacher, doctor or artist - a typical “woman’s job” in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, UN Development Programme has been doing a lot of work towards women’s empowerment. Still, current statistical data shows that there are areas that need the government's attention within all economic sectors and society as a whole. more 

Gender budgeting is an analysis and evaluation of public expenditures and revenues in terms of taking into account the best interests of women and men. It is perceived by the international community as an important tool for building a democratic society, by helping to improve the efficient use of resources to achieve gender equality and human development.

Mainstreaming gender aspects into the budgeting process

Gender budgeting is an analysis and evaluation of public expenditures and revenues in terms of taking into account the best interests of women and men. It is perceived by the international community as an important tool for building a democratic society, by helping to improve the efficient use of resources to achieve gender equality and human development.more 

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Gender Projects and Initiatives

  • GEF Small Grants Programme in Uzbekistan

    The goal of GEF SGP, in Uzbekistan and around the world, is to promote the improvement of the global natural environment via the implementation, by means of local people, of local initiatives designated to preserve and restore the environment.more 

  • Business Forum of Uzbekistan (Phase III)

    Uzbekistan’s private sector, in particular its small business and private entrepreneurship components, has become a major component of the nation’s GDP and a significant source of employment.more 

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Gender Publications

  • Women in Sustainable Rural Development

    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 

  • Women about Women

    “…Sister speaks with sister, or Women about Women” is a collection of articles compiled through a countrywide competition among journalists writing on gender issues.more 

  • Portrait of a Businesswoman

    The role of women in business is increasing worldwide, but we know very little about what their actual experiences and lifestyles are like.more 

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