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Protection of Women’s Rights is a Priority Area of ​​Activity of the Ombudsman of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, according to international experts, is becoming a leader in the field of comprehensive support for women and gender equality in the region. The President’s speech on the eve of International Women’s Day underlines the country’s commitment to this goal and strengthens its position on the world stage.

It should be noted that in Uzbekistan, opportunities and legal guarantees have been created to strengthen the socio-economic and political activity of women, increase their spiritual and intellectual potential, improve health, protect the family, motherhood and childhood.

Current issues of preparing young people for marriage, ensuring the stability of families and protecting their interests, giving birth and raising healthy children have been raised to the level of state policy.

The country is implementing programs to encourage women’s participation in political and public life, as well as to increase their awareness of rights and support for gender equality through educational programs. Laws are being adopted and strategies are being developed aimed at supporting compatriots in achieving equality. These initiatives help expand opportunities for them and create a more equitable society.

It is worth noting that women’s participation in public administration plays a key role in creating more representative and effective leadership. Their representation in leadership positions contributes to the introduction of new and diverse perspectives into decision-making, which increases the breadth of problem analysis and promotes a deeper understanding of social and economic issues.

Women in senior government positions often bring a unique approach to problem solving based on their personal experiences, knowledge and values.

Protecting women’s rights is among the priority areas of our activities. In 2023, the Ombudsman received 18,622 complaints, of which 40.7 percent were from women. The analysis showed: compared to 2022, the number of requests from compatriots has decreased, which is a reflection of the positive results of profile reforms.

In addition, requests on these issues are always under mandatory control. In case of violation of the law, a conclusion is presented or an appeal is sent to certain authorities for consideration. After studying it, proposals and recommendations are made for further improvement of legislative documents and practices related to the protection of women’s rights and freedoms.

It must be recognized that some women sometimes do not know their rights, are afraid of change, and become helpless and defenseless due to constant oppression.

It should be noted that the Ombudsman pays special attention to increasing the legal awareness of the population, including women, about the opportunities and benefits created for citizens as part of reforms to strengthen social protection and improve living conditions. For these purposes, the “Ombudsman School” project was created – a platform for bringing information to the population about fundamental changes in the field of protection of human rights and freedoms.

Respect for women is a sign of a civilized society.

Ms. Feruza Eshmatova is Commissioner of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Human Rights (Ombudsman).