The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Justice brought together representatives of the government of Uzbekistan, non-governmental organizations, women’s groups, private-sector firms, and experts from around the world to share their insights and experiences regarding combating gender-based violence. Participants at the conference “Gender Mainstreaming as an Effective Means to Achieve Gender Equality” highlighted both the achievements and the remaining challenges in the fight against gender-based violence in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan has made great gains in the area of combating gender-based violence over the last year. In April 2023, the government of Uzbekistan criminalized violence against women and introduced punitive measures for perpetrators. This was a major breakthrough for women in Uzbekistan, making it a safer place for women and girls to live.
USAID and partners will continue their commitment to preventing and responding to gender-based violence in Uzbekistan. Gender-based violence is a pervasive violation of human rights, a public health challenge, and a barrier to the political and economic participation of women in society. With a keen focus on prevention, USAID and partners invest in programs that address the root causes of gender-based violence in families and interpersonal relationships as well as in public settings.
USAID partners with the Government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats, and build the government’s capacity to respond to the population’s needs. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistan.