In the course of reforms being marshaled in the name of boosting the development of the native land and the wellbeing of people, priority significance is attached in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to bolstering the role and status of women, to supporting them comprehensively and safeguarding their rights and interests. All this is reflected in the festivities underway across the nation occasioned to the International Women’s Day.
Women who work resourcefully in diverse spheres laid wreath March 7 to the Monument of Independence and Humanism, a symbol of our freedom, bright future and gracious aspirations. In the sample of activities of exemplary mahallas, children’s and youth’s sports schools, preschool education institutions and those of healthcare in the city of Tashkent, they got informed of the outcomes of efforts dedicated to protecting the institution of family, maternity and childhood, as well as the health of young women.
On the same day, an official festive event occasioned to the 8th of March took place at the Turkiston Palace. It was attended by senators, deputies, women who work fruitfully in the socio-economic, academic and cultural-enlightenment spheres, activists of women’s committees, consultants for religious enlightenment and spiritual-ethical education, representatives of various ministries and agencies, public organizations, laureates of Zulfiya State Prize.
The hokim (mayor) of the city of Tashkent R.Usmanov opened the official meeting.
The President’s State Adviser Khanaka.Sultanov read out the festive greeting address of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to the women of Uzbekistan.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan – Chairperson of the Women’s Committee of the country E.Basitkhanova and others noted that priority attention is paid under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to the manifestation of respect and reverence, comprehensive support for women, protection of their rights and interests, to fostering a younger generation not inferior to anyone and anything, training the youths in modern professions, and the further elevation of the international standing of our Motherland.
The establishment of the Women’s Committee right in the wake of the national independence served to uplift the issues pertinent to securing the rights and freedoms of women as well as comprehensive support for them, protection of the institution of family, motherhood and childhood to the highest rank of state-level priorities.
The decree of the head of our state “On Additional Measures to Support the Activities of the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan” signed 25 May 2004 serves to broaden the scales of these endeavors and raise them to a qualitatively high level in order to reinforce the social security of women, boost their health, improve the coordination of works among women’s social institutions.
Centers of screening of mothers and children, perinatal centers, specialized medical institutions, family polyclinics, modern rural medical units – all facilitate the further consolidation of care and attention to the health of women. At the same time, such fine sports as artistic gymnastics and synchronized swimming have been gaining in popularity in our country, and children’s sports and recreation complexes meeting world standards are being erected – an important factor in bolstering the engagement of girls in the physical culture and sports even in remote areas of the nation.
As part of a range of social programs, a special emphasis in placed on ensuring the employment of women and securing worthwhile working and living conditions for them. In excess of 466 thousand new jobs were created for women in 2013. A particularly important significance is attached to providing graduates of professional colleges with jobs, supporting female entrepreneurs and expanding their access to soft loans.
The convenient and comfortable homes being erected in standard design serve to secure favorable living environment for women and the further elevation of the quality and level of their lives. It is noteworthy in particular that along with the modern housing being built in new rural residential quarters to this end, such infrastructure facilities as public services, beauty salons, fashion houses and other conveniences are being constructed and commissioned for use.
Owing to the measures being taken to shape civil society, the role of women in the activities of mahallas has been growing. Currently, the majority of staff in the system of citizens’ local assemblies are revered and eminent women; women work as advisers for religious enlightenment and spiritual-ethical education, which raises the effectiveness of efforts directed at preventing early marriages, preparing the youth for independent life, conducting family festivities without excessive expenses and pomposity.
“In our everyday life, working activities, nurturing children as comprehensively advanced individuals, we feel the constant attention and care provided for women,” says Gulhumor Aitbaeva, deputy hokim of the Ellikkala district – chairperson of the district women’s committee. “This year, announced by the head of our state as the Year of the Healthy Child, the scales of works are projected to enhance to create worthwhile conditions for women and providing care for the health of girls and young women.”
In accordance with the resolution of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed 3 March of the current year, 16 girls have been awarded this year with the Zulfiya State Prize this year. That is another practical display of the encouragement and support for talented girls. These high awards were handed to the winners at the festive event.
The Zulfiya State Prize laureates are the second-year student of the academic lyceum no.1 under the Berdakh Karakalpakstan State University Aijamal Joldasbaeva, the fourth-year student of the Karshi State University Maftuna Nadirova, the first-year student of the Zarafshan College of Computer Technologies in the Navoi region Zariya Kosimova and others expressed their sincere gratitude to the President of our country Islam Karimov for the consistent support for gifted girls, the attention and care for the further elevation of activity of women in the life of the society.
The official event ended with a concert show with the participation of masters of arts and young performers.
The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.Sobirov, Speaker of the Legislative Chamber D.Tashmuhamedova, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh.Mirziyoev.