The proportion of women leaders in Uzbekistan is 27 percent
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Tashkent hosted the second forum on “The role of women parliamentarians in the development of Uzbekistan”.
The event was organized by the Republican Commission on the Advancement of the Role of Women in Society, Gender Equality and the Family, the Senate Committee on Women and Gender Equality, and the OSCE. It was attended by senators and deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, deputies of local Councils, members of the Youth Parliament, officials of state bodies and public organizations, representatives of international organizations, and the media.
The participants discussed issues of strengthening the status of women in the political arena, enhancing constructive ties between local authorities and parliament, strengthening the role of women parliamentarians in the development of the country, and ensuring gender equality.
Chairperson of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbayeva addressed the event. She noted that in recent years Uzbekistan has been implementing large-scale reforms aimed at creating equal rights and opportunities for women and men, ensuring the full participation of women in managing the affairs of society and the state, their socio-economic, and legal support.
Today the number of women parliamentarians complies with the UN recommendations and is 32 percent. The proportion of women in leadership positions has reached 27 percent, in entrepreneurship – 25 percent, in political parties – 44 percent, in higher education – 46 percent.
It was emphasized that in the last ten years the concept of “gender-sensitive parliaments” has become an important tool for promoting gender equality. It is encouraging that the presence of 32 percent of women in the national parliament is widely recognized. Thus, in the international ranking of the Inter-Parliamentary Union “Women in Politics” in 2021, Uzbekistan took 45th place among the countries of the world and entered the top 50.
The participants of the event also discussed the issues of strengthening the participation of women senators and deputies in the implementation of the tasks set to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the implementation of effective public control, the wide involvement of representatives of non-governmental non-profit organizations, and other civil society institutions in this process.
In particular, the participants emphasized the importance of effective organization of local implementation of the National Program to increase the activity of women in all spheres of the economic, political, and social life of the country for 2022-2026 and the Strategy for achieving gender equality in the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2030.
Proposals and opinions were expressed on enhancing the participation of women in state and public administration, involving them in the decision-making process in the state governing bodies.