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 UNDP in Uzbekistan: Continued efforts have been made to enhance the standing of women within Uzbekistan's society

Uzbekistan has made some significant advancements towards promoting gender equality and empowering girls and women, especially in terms of gender equality in education and parliamentary representation. These improvements are evident in recent trends, while the percentage of women among members of parliament rose from 6 per cent in 1994 to 19 per cent in 2011.

However, despite these achievements, gender inequality is still prevalent within Uzbekistan. The ratio of girls and boys in tertiary education has decreased from 0.39 in 2000 to 0.37 in 2011. Men hold a vast majority of top managerial positions in public and private sectors, with women making up only 25 per cent of private sector managers, and only 6.5 per cent of the Cabinet of Ministers staff. Likewise, women still represent a minority of students enrolled in higher education establishments. Progress towards gender equality requires a change in society’s attitude towards women, and a greater value placed on women’s education.

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