Promoting women entrepreneurship in Karakalpakstan

Apr 23, 2018

When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation—results in faster economic growth.

Today women make up 45 percent of all employees in Uzbekistan and country’s Development Action Strategy 2017-2021 opens new opportunities to stimulate more women in entrepreneurship activities.       

The UN in Uzbekistan partnered with the Youth Union, the Women's Committee and Chamber of Commerce and Industry to train 45 women from Muynak, Takhtakupir and Shumanay districts of Karakalpakstan willing to start a business.   The trainings enable participants to learn more about essential stages of establishing a business, review existing forms and methods of market analysis, business planning, receive updated information on available financial resources such as loans and leasing. 

The training is an excellent opportunity to women of Karakalpakstan who wish to start a business, both theoretically and practically review all the existing opportunities and incentives. Now I am sure that this year in September, I will start a confectionery business – that was my desire. Various discussions and exchange of ideas with participants during the sessions, helped me to know more on existing preferences, taxation issues, how to obtain loans, how to begin a business and ways to identify the target audience through marketing research in our district,” says Zulfiya Utegulova, participant from Muynak.

I didn’t expect that we will get so many interesting questions from the course participants. They shared their home business ideas, suggested their vision of innovational approach, and asked questions on how to export goods.  I believe that this training will help to improve their well-being, create additional work places and contribute to the regions development. Undoubtedly, we will provide a consultative support to our trainees from all the districts so they could start their own business using knowledge received during the course,” says Gaukhar Redjepova, Representative of Youth Union of Karakalpalstan.

Since 2017, the UN Joint Programme 'Building the resilience of communities affected by the Aral Sea disaster through the Multi-Partner Human Security Fund for the Aral Sea' works with national partners to expand employment and improve income generation of rural communities through innovative projects to promote economic, environmental and social security as well as development of the sustainable tourism.

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