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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.  
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.
The Re-Islamization of Society and the Position of Women in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan Marfua 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.
Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC) has closed operations under pressure from the Uzbek government. The request to close down was issued by the Ministry of Justice immediately following the 2005 WLP-TWRC August 2005 Central Asia Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers. TWRC's fate is shared by many national and international non-governmental organizations in Uzbekistan as the government implements a wave of forced closures. International organizations subject to forced closure in 2006 include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Freedom House, and the Eurasia Foundation. WLP will continue to work with partners in the Central Asia region to advance women's human rights and development.
Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC) has closed operations under pressure from the Uzbek government. The request to close down was issued by the Ministry of Justice immediately following the 2005 WLP-TWRC August 2005 Central Asia Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers. TWRC's fate is shared by many national and international non-governmental organizations in Uzbekistan as the government implements a wave of forced closures. International organizations subject to forced closure in 2006 include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Freedom House, and the Eurasia Foundation. WLP will continue to work with partners in the Central Asia region to advance women's human rights and development.
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) together with its regional partner convened a Central Asia Regional Learning Institute for Women's Leadership from August 24-27, 2005 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. NGO leaders, journalists, and human rights activists from five countries - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - participated in the Institute, which consisted of a week-long intensive skills development program in participatory leadership, interactive facilitation, persuasive communication, and effective advocacy campaign development. 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.
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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