International video conference “Women at the forefront of the response to the fight against COVID-19”
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – On 22 May 2020, Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the Commission on Gender Equality of the Republic of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbaeva took part in an international video conference organized by UN-Women.
The high-level dialogue was attended by the permanent coordinators of this organization in the regions, representatives of more than 10 countries who spoke about the work to combat COVID-19 in various regions of the world, as well as measures to protect women’s rights.
During the meeting, it was emphasized that the pandemic strengthened gender issues in almost all regions of the planet. Issues related to the deteriorating economic status of women, the growth of domestic violence and various forms of discrimination against women did not pass by even the most developed countries of the world, not to mention the developing ones. In this regard, the issue of responding to the so-called “side effects” of the pandemic has become particularly urgent, which has become the reason for holding such meetings.
Speaking at an online video conference, the Senate Chairwoman Tanzila Narbaeva informed the participants in detail about the implementation of the national program to combat the spread of coronavirus, the essence of the anti-crisis package of measures to support the population and the economy during the pandemic, as well as practical measures taken to protect and protect women’s rights of women comprehensive assistance. In particular, it was emphasized that a republican special commission was created in the country, as well as an Anti-Crisis Fund.
In support of the population and business, 12 decrees and resolutions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan have been adopted, providing packages of measures for social support of the population, the provision of benefits and preferences to entrepreneurs. The best qualities of our people, their desire for mutual assistance, have been reflected in the nationwide movement “Compassion and Support”. Particular emphasis is placed on the fact that the state has completely undertaken the free testing, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with coronavirus. Thanks to decisive and effective measures, it was possible to take control of the situation in the shortest possible time and restore the health of more than 80 percent of patients.
Tanzila Narbaeva emphasized the work of the Commission on Gender Equality of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It was emphasized that during the quarantine period women of Uzbekistan were not left face to face with disaster. The main priority of the Republic of Uzbekistan in a pandemic remains the implementation of national projects and programs to ensure employment and support for women’s entrepreneurship, social protection of women with children, the categories and number of recipients of benefits have been expanded. Particular attention is paid to preventive measures to prevent domestic violence.
In this context, the participants in the videoconference were informed that in Uzbekistan over the past three years, a whole series of legislative acts aimed at ensuring gender equality has been adopted. The Regulation on the Protection Order was adopted. During the quarantine period on complaints from women subjected to harassment and violence, the police issued 375 protection orders.
During the conference, the Uzbek side voiced proposals for a roadmap for gender equality by 2030, developed by the Global Forum “Equality of Generations” and the Coalition of Action. In particular, it was proposed that measures be taken at the international level to prevent a recurrence of a pandemic. The need for a regular exchange of experience in developing measures aimed at preventing domestic violence and discrimination against women was highlighted. In this regard, the importance of developing programs for the application of information and communication technologies in the field of employment and self-employment of women, especially in rural areas, was emphasized. In addition, the emphasis is on the need for UN support to implement measures to expand the economic activity of women and girls.
It was also noted the importance of developing and implementing programs and projects to support women’s entrepreneurship, introducing programs to create electronic trading platforms with wide access to their use for women heads of farms and small enterprises.
During the videoconference, Assistant Secretary General of the UN Asa Regner emphasized the high efficiency of the national program of Uzbekistan on countering the spread of coronavirus infection. “Thanks to the comprehensive measures taken by the leadership of Uzbekistan, it was possible to stop the spread of coronavirus infection as soon as possible. Uzbekistan has adopted the correct and medically sound directives of the anti-crisis package of measures to support the population and the economy during the pandemic,” Asa Regner emphasized.
At the end of the videoconference, the participants adopted relevant recommendations.