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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the British Embassy in Turkmenistan signed a new cooperation agreement, which will be aimed at promoting a human rights-based, gender sensitive and inclusive engagement of the police with the population. The partnership will also include awareness raising interventions among the youth on the issues of positive gender social norms.


Within the framework of the implementation of the 2021-2025 National Action Plan on Gender Equality, UNFPA supports the Government to establish a multi-sectoral response system to gender-based violence for healthcare, police and social services. The access to quality gender disaggregated data and national statistics to monitor the progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender, other gender related SDGs and targets is one of the priority areas of joint programme of cooperation of UNFPA and the Government for the next five years.

The cooperation with the British Embassy will complement UNFPA’s programme agenda with the Government at the policy level and will focus on social norms supporting gender and right-based values in the society. In particular, the capacity building interventions will be planned to improve the understanding among local police inspectors and the Police Academy trainees and faculty of issues of gender equality, human rights and inclusiveness. A campaign on the Rights, Equality and Inclusiveness will also be launched among the young people in social media to promote positive gender practices in society

This will go in line with the priorities outlined in the 2021-2025 National Action Plan for Human Rights on human rights education and bringing law enforcement practices in line with international human rights standards. The 2021-2025 National Action Plan on Gender Equality also calls for boys and men engagement through gender education and promotion of positive social norms and nurturing a culture that is non-discriminatory and violence-free.

“The government of the United Kingdom is one of the long-standing partners of UNFPA in Turkmenistan supporting the programmes that empower women and girls so that they can make choices about their lives,” said Ayna Seyitlieva, UNFPA Head of Office. “UNFPA highly appreciates continuous partnership and support of the UK Government in Turkmenistan and for trusting UNFPA in delivering important programmes, which contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of the people.”

“It is a great pleasure and honor to work with UNFPA,” said Mr. Hugh Philpott, British Ambassador to Turkmenistan in his video remark. “What has been particularly valuable is the way the [UNFPA] programmes have helped to develop the relationship between the government and vulnerable communities. The programme that UNFPA has designed, develop the awareness of the government and the society in general about some of the sensitive issues such as sexual health and gender-based violence that have an impact on everyone. This year’s UNFPA work is exactly the sort of work that will support and play well with the Government’s ambitions in improving human rights in Turkmenistan.”

Watch the video on the UNFPA and UK Government partnership in Turkmenistan 

Full Interview with Hugh Stanley Philpott OBE, British Ambassador to Turkmenistan on the Partnership with UNFPA Turkmenistan

Read UNFPA Policy Brief "Rights and Choices for All: Empowering women to live with dignity and freedom from fear"


Mehri Karakulova,

National Programme Analyst

on Gender and Youth


Ene Tuyliyeva,

Youth and Communications

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