Uzbekistan

Women’s Rights Activists from Central Asia Gather for WLP Training

March 29, 2016

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Women’s rights experts from 11 Central Asian countries convened in Kazakhstan for a regional Training of Trainers hosted by WLP in February 2016. The participants discussed themes of leadership, democracy building, gender-based violence, and human rights advocacy. 

 

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For civil society, Central Asia has become one of the most difficult places to work. Freedom of assembly, an open press, and internet usage have eroded throughout the region.

Uzbekistan has remained all but closed to NGO activity. WLP's former partner in Uzbekistan, Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC), which organized WLP's first Central Asia Regional Institute in 2005 in cooperation with Shymkent Women's Resource Center (SWRC), was forcibly closed by the government in 2006.

Kyrgyzstan has seen significant political turmoil, with a coup in April. A violent outbreak in southern Kyrgyzstan in early June led to further attempts to intimidate and silence human rights activists.

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Brazil | Egypt | India | Indonesia | Iran | Jordan | Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Lebanon | Malaysia | Mauritania | Morocco | Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Palestine | Senegal | Turkey | Zimbabwe.

By working together, we put our collective energies behind common goals, significantly increasing our impact on the socio-political environment.

For additional insight into each partner's work and the challenges of working in a particular country, visit individual country pages, campaigns pages, and the resources section of the site.

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Women's Learning Partnership is made up of WLP International in the USA and 20 WLP national and regional partners, based in Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Pakistan,

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  • WLP Partner Spotlight: Marfua Tokhtakhodzhaeva's New Book

    November 11, 2007

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    Marfua Tokhtakhodzhaeva BookMarfua Tokhtakhodzhaeva is the co-Founder of the Women's Resource Centre (WRC) of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a WLP partner organization, before authorities closed it down in 2005 as a result of a government crackdown on civil society organizations. Ms. Tokhtakhodzhaeva remains actively involved in coordinating women's empowerment and leadership trainings with various organizations in the region. She has written a new book entitled The Re-Islamization of Society and the Position of Women in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan, examining the socio-political and religious shifts the country has undergone in the last twenty years. Ms. Tokhtakhodzhaeva focuses on the position of women in the Soviet era prior to the country's independence in 1991 compared to post-independence when the country began to re-introduce the customs and norms of Islam. Ms. Tokhtakhodzhaeva emphasizes that life in Uzbekistan has always seen a balance of good and bad in each era. Ms. Tokhtakhodzhaeva met with Program Associate, Christina Halstead, at the Women's Learning Partnership to talk about her book.

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    Uzbekistan

    December 12, 2006

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    The Institute took place amidst an atmosphere of heightened security and political tensions in the region. In the face of increasing restrictions on civil society and NGOs, human rights, and press freedom in the region, WLP brought participants together to create a regional network of women's rights advocates working to advance women in leadership and decision-making positions.

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