The delegation of Uzbekistan, headed by the Chairman of the Senate, took part in the Dialogue of Women Leaders of Central Asia held in Astana

    International cooperation 5 December 2023 956

    On December 4 of this year, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis Tanzila Narbayeva took part in an international conference in Astana following the results of the presidency of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Dialogue of Women Leaders of Central Asia in 2023.

    The conference was attended by representatives of the parliaments of the Central Asian countries, the Director of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, representatives of government agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, and international experts.

    The event discussed topics such as the role of parliaments and civil society in combating gender-based violence and protecting women's rights in Central Asia, as well as the rule of law for women in the region.

    Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis noted that the active cooperation and joint activities of the states of the region over the past three years indicate that the Dialogue has become an important platform.

    "Our platform has become a unified structure aimed at ensuring gender equality. This brought the participating countries even closer together and allowed us to discuss pressing issues common to our entire region. Together with us, the activities of women's NGOs have also intensified. Their wide participation in the work of today's event testifies to the elevation to the highest level of work to unite the efforts of women in the region," the Chairman of the Senate noted.

    The meeting exchanged views on the development of new practical measures for the development of regional cooperation in such issues as the prevention and eradication of violence against women, ensuring the rule of law for women in the region.

    Also, within the framework of the Dialogue, they summed up the results of work in 2023 and exchanged views on determining priority areas of activity.

    The term of the presidency of the Dialogue is one year. Therefore, the issue of transferring the chairmanship to another State in 2024 was also considered, and the chairmanship passed to the Kyrgyz Republic.

    It is worth noting that the Dialogue of Women Leaders of Central Asian countries is an informal platform for discussing topical issues of development and strengthening cooperation between women members of regional parliaments. The Dialogue was established and operates with the support of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, the UN Development Program and UN Women, a United Nations structure. The dialogue officially began its work in December 2020. Uzbekistan chaired the Dialogue of Women Leaders of Central Asia in 2021, and Turkmenistan in 2022.