Gender equality and CEDAW are the focus of the countrywide seminars

8 December 2017

UNFPA and the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan have completed a series of round tables conducted countrywide in October and November 2017.

The focus of the round tables was to sensitize government, local administration, law enforcement and public organizations representatives on key aspects of the gender equality, international obligations of Turkmenistan on gender equality and implementation of National Action Plan on Gender Equality in Turkmenistan for 2015-2020.  The lively discussions covered the issues of women and employment, reproductive health and rights, and the role of public organizations in promoting gender equality in Turkmenistan. The round tables were conducted in Ashgabat, Akhal, Mary, Turkmenabat, Dashoguz and Turkmenbashi.

A group of national experts facilitated the round tables with participation of more than 120 government officials. In the course of the round table discussions, the participants asked relevant questions, provided feedback and comments to the work that is being carried out in the country, and made suggestions for improving the current practices on promoting gender equality in the country. One of suggestions was to strengthen the focus on explaining the gender equality principles and benefits among young people and pay attention to their education. Other issues included promoting involvement of women in small scale entrepreneurship so that more women can contribute to the income generation opportunities of families. Overall, all participants provided a very positive feedback and support for holding this type of discussions via round tables and requested to conduct them on a regular basis as they help to be within the picture, be aware of national and global agenda in the area of gender equality, and most importantly to revisit the role of each organization in promoting gender equality in the country.

The key principles and approaches in gender mainstreaming were revisited, global data on current inequalities introduced and national priorities discussed in line with the global agenda. The development and approval of the first ever National Action Plan on Gender Equality was noted as an important phase in promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and men in Turkmenistan.   

“UNFPA is a lead UN agency that promotes gender equality and addresses relevant challenges at national, regional and global levels,” said Ms. Bayramgul Garabayeva, UNFPA Assistant Representative.  “The key focus of UNFPA in Turkmenistan is to advance gender equality via support to the Government of Turkmenistan with effective and dynamic implementation of the National Action Plan on Gender Equality. The subject round tables represent the part of actions stipulated in the National Action Plan and help greatly to raise awareness of the national representatives”.
For additional information, please contact:

Bayramgul Garabayeva, UNFPA Assistant Representative

Dovran Yamatov, UNFPA Programme Associate on Gender equality

Tel: 488325