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The Secretary-General’s message on the International day for the elimination of violence against women

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION  OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMENThe atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress.

I am deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls living in conditions of armed conflict, who suffer various forms of violence, sexual assault, sexual slavery and trafficking. Violent extremists are perverting religious teachings to justify the mass subjugation and abuse of women. These are not random acts of violence, or the incidental fallout of war, but rather systematic efforts to deny women’s freedoms and control their bodies. As the world strives to counter and prevent violence extremism, the protection and empowerment of women and girls must be a key consideration.

Roughly half of today’s 60 million forcibly displaced people are women.  Many who flee war and violence are often exploited by unscrupulous smugglers, and frequently suffer gender discrimination and xenophobia in host societies.  Those who are too young, too old or too frail to make the risky journey are left behind even more vulnerable without those who have left.

Even in areas at peace, violence against women persists in the form of femicide, sexual assault, female genital mutilation/cutting, early marriage and cyberviolence. These practices traumatize individuals and tear at the fabric of society.

I have led a global response through the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and the HeForShe initiative to engage men in promoting gender equality.  I call on governments to increase contributions to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which aims to address chronic underinvestment in this area.

Millions of people across the world are uniting under the banner colour orange, chosen to symbolize the brighter future of a world free from violence against women and girls. This year, in a sign of the growing momentum for change, orange lights will illuminate iconic landmarks from the historic ruins at Petra in Jordan to Niagara Falls in North America.

We can also blaze a path to a future of dignity and equality for all by implementing the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognizes the importance of eliminating violence against women, with related targets across several of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Recent major reviews of United Nations peace operations, peacebuilding efforts and the women, peace and security agenda have all highlighted the critical value of women’s participation in peace and security.

The pervasiveness of violence against women and girls means we can all take steps to address it. Let us join forces to end this crime, promote full gender equality and realize a world where women and girls enjoy the safety they deserve – for their sake and for all of humanity.

Uzbek dads participate in HeForShe campaign

he-for-she-in-uzbekistanThe UN Information Office in Tashkent joined ‘HeForShe’ gender equality campaign that kicked off in Central Asia in the run-up to the International Day of the Child Girl (11 October). The event is part of UN Women’s ‘HeForShe’ global solidarity campaign seeking to advance gender equality and bring together one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.

Every individual, irrespective of his or her gender, should enjoy equal rights to development and all social benefits. Girls and women must be provided with the same opportunities that boys and men enjoy. This has been echoed by campaign participants — fathers who have spoken out about how they view the world for their daughters. Every day on 4-12 November we posted photos of fathers with their daughters that you can view on our Facebook page.

You can also join the campaign by:

  • posting a photo or video on a social network stating your answer to the question “What kind of world do you want for your daughter?”
  • sharing information about the campaign with your friends on social networks. Campaign hashtags: #‎FathersAreHeForShe, #‎HeForShe, or
  • taking a stand for gender equality on heforshe.org.

Central Asian dads support gender equality

he-for-sheA gender equality campaign, ‘HeForShe’, has kick-started in Central Asia, which will see fathers have their say on how they view the world for their daughters. The event is part of UN Women’s HeForShe global solidarity campaign seeking to advance gender equality and bring together one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.

The campaign was launched on the eve of 11 October declared by the UN as the International Day of the Child Girl. The goal of the observance is to attract attention to social problems and inequality faced by girls across the world on a daily basis. The problems include absence or lack of access to education, nutrition, healthcare, as well as social rights, discrimination, violence, and forced child marriage.

Gender inequality remains one of the most chronic human rights violations of the present day. In spite of major efforts launched many years ago, inequality between women/girls and men/boys continues to manifest itself starkly throughout the world.

The problem of gender equality concerns not only women. It is a human rights issue that affects all people – women and girls, men and boys. In daily life, gender equality leads to favorable social, political and economic results for all of us. Women empowerment brings benefits to entire humanity as a whole. Gender equality rids women – as well as men – of prescribed social roles and stereotypes.

You can also join the campaign by:

  • posting a photo or video on a social network stating your answer to the question “What kind of world do you want for your daughter?”
  • sharing information about the campaign with your friends on social networks. Campaign hashtags: #‎FathersAreHeForShe, #‎HeForShe, or
  • taking a stand for gender equality on heforshe.org.

UN Women to continue to work on women empowerment

Visit-of-Elaine-Conkievich-to-TashkentIn August, UN Women Multi-Country Representative for Central Asia Elaine Conkievich visited Uzbekistan. In an interview with the UN Information Office she spoke about the purpose of her visit and UN Women plans for the near future.

“I came this week to Tashkent for several purposes; one was yesterday we conducted stakeholder consultations with government officials, with civil society, and other partners we work with in this country,” she said. UN Women Multi-Country Office for Central Asia is in the process of preparing a new five-year strategic note. An essential part of this process, she said, is to hold consultations with stakeholders on the ground because “we would like to build our programme and our support in the country based on the national priorities”.

Conkievich said UN Women in Uzbekistan is working on women’s economic empowerment, adding that recently they put forward a programme for the development of women’s entrepreneurship in the country, and expressed hopes that it will be positively reviewed by the government so that they can proceed with the programme. She also said the UN agency is working on women’s participation in decision making in “all levels and all spheres”.

Some of the proposals presented for review, she said, relate to the adoption of the so-called Temporary Special Measures that are aimed at increasing the number of women in various positions and sectors of the society. The programmes have been proposed to the government and they are currently being reviewed, “and we have received initial positive feedback,” the UN official concluded, adding that they look forward to implementing those particular programmes in Uzbekistan.

As part of her visit, Conkievich also held individual meetings with the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan, various embassies and UN agencies to discuss plans and proposals related to UN Women’s further efforts in Uzbekistan.

Follow this link to watch the interview.

MDG national progress report presented in Uzbekistan

MDG's-reportMembers of Uzbek ministers, agencies, international organizations, diplomatic missions and civil society experts attended a presentation of the Second MDG National Progress Report for Uzbekistan on April 30, 2015 in Tashkent. The report presented an analysis and assessment of progress in achieving MDGs in 2000-2013.

The presentation kicked off with opening remarks by Uzbekistan’s Minister of Economy Ms. Galina Saidova, who said that conclusions in the report reveal that despite global economic instability the Government of Uzbekistan has succeeded in ensuring balance between key development goals (economic growth generated by structural reforms, for one) and growth in prosperity for all segments of the population. Ms. Saidova noted that the balanced economic policies enabled Uzbekistan to cut low-income rates nearly twofold from 2000 to 2014.  She also presented data that testify to marked progress in the areas of education, gender equality, healthcare and environmental protection.

UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner noted that an effective dialogue had been set up between the Government of Uzbekistan and UN agencies as part of preparations for the report. As a result, Mr. Priesner said, the report reflects key challenges and tasks to be dealt with that will help define Uzbekistan’s post-2015 development goals in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals. He added that the focus of the report on regional differences in achieving MDGs also ensures that we smoothly switch to discussions of nationalization of the post-2015 global action agenda that will, among other things, seek to ensure that “no one is left behind”, one of the principles of the agenda.

Those gathered learned that eight working groups involving national experts from 15 ministries and agencies as well as members of eight UN agencies had been set up ahead of preparations for the report. In addition, four rounds of working meetings and roundtables had been put together to discuss the logic and key ideas of the document. The process also involved international consultants.

The main conclusions of the report and progress in MDG achievement were presented by representatives of the Center of Economic Research, an institution that coordinated report preparations.

Members of the UN Office in Uzbekistan rolled out the primary principles and directions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are being developed at global level to succeed MDGs.

Concluding the presentation, Ms. Saidova highlighted the important role the UN plays in rallying countries of the world around development concepts such as the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Priesner thanked partners for their efforts on the report and encouraged them to continue with the effective dialogue and collaboration in the name of development.