Together with its partners, UNDP has empowered women in strengthening their place within Uzbekistan’s business sector. In the small and medium business and entrepreneurial sectors, UNDP has supported women through vital capacity building and training to ensure better outcomes for their businesses. Work in this field has especially focused on support within the particularly-vulnerable Aral Sea Region. Economic development has focused on addressing 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 National Women’s Committee to make sure women’s empowerment receives the vital financial support it requires. National women-led business have received the support and assistance needed to find footholds in national and international marketplaces. A particular strategic focus has been on the Karakalpakstan region 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 22 women government representatives has helped ensure their greater participation in decision-making, while infrastructure projects have significantly improved the lives of 850 women and girls in isolated communities. Over 200 local small businesses have been supported, a significant amount either operated by or employing women.
Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan – In my school books the Aral Sea was still the world's fourth largest lake, providing stocks of fish to the then Soviet Union. Now what remains of the salt lake is only a memory, since ninety per cent of the lake that belongs partly to Kazakhstan and partly to Uzbekistan, has since evaporated into the air.more
Gender Projects and Initiatives
The SMART project works to support the Centre of Economic Research in facilitating economic, social, institutional and spatial transformation in Uzbekistan, while expanding the thematic and geographic range of its research areas, promoting participatory policy dialogue, and issuing a wider range of products for various types of audiences.more
The book includes articles and research works on the issues related to external and internal labour migration in Uzbekistan, accomplished by leading specialists in this field.more