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In the words of Aisulu Jenalieva: “Women can have more freedom and men can share domestic work”

Monday, March 20, 2017

Aisulu Jenalieva, 48, has gone from being an abandoned wife of a migrant worker without the means to support her family, to leading a self-help group and collective that runs Jirgatol district’s first dairy production facility in north-east Tajikistan. Her entire perspective has changed since participating in the project. “Earlier, my only wish for my daughter was that she got a good husband, a good household and a piece of land. Now, I want a good education for her,” says Jenalieva. More

Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In 2016, 28 women were successfully trained to participate in and collaborate on various cross-border issues, including disputes over shared natural resources. More

Abandoned wives of Tajik migrants overcome hurdles through self-help groups

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

As Tajik men migrate for work overseas, a significant proportion abandon their wives and children. A UN Women programme provides livelihood trainings and self-help groups for abandoned wives of Tajik migrant workers. The project has also led to the recognition of abandoned wives and children as a socially vulnerable group in the law, facilitating their access to free legal, economic and psycho-social services. More

From where I stand: Surayo Mirzoyeva

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Surayo Mirzoyeva, 41, took part in a self-help group supported by the UN Women project “Empowering abandoned wives of migrant workers in Tajikistan,” which has provided more than 3,000 villagers in Fathobod, Tajikistan, with clean drinking water. More

From the Alps to the yurt: Swiss cheese meets Tajik milk bowls

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Cheese Exchange, a UN Women initiative, brought entrepreneurial Tajik and Swiss women cheese makers together to share skills and develop new dairy products for Tajikistan. More

UN Women stresses women’s role in water management at the Water for Life Conference

Friday, June 12, 2015

Equal access to water for men and Over 900 government representatives of UN Member States, experts, academics, and members of international, civil society and private sector organizations from more than 100 countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 9-10 June to review the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water For Life” (2005-2015), a global initiative for international cooperation in water management launched by the Government of Tajikistan 10 years ago. More

Martial artists fight gender discrimination and violence in Tajikistan

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“Strong men respect women.” These were the words of World Taekwondo Champion Daler Tyuryaev, who is helping to lead a movement of martial artists in the battle against gender-based violence and discrimination in Tajikistan. The National Taekwondo and Kickboxing Federation of Tajikistan (NTKF), which has partnered with UNFPA and the UN Country Team to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence, is supported by UNFPA, UN Women and other UN agencies. More

With sewing and sowing, self-reliance blooms in Central Asia

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A regional migration programme ensures more than 5,000 families of migrant labourers in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have received training, resources and micro-credit loans to become self-reliant entrepreneurs. More

Towards safer work and migration for women

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

As the UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration gets underway, a new report by the Secretary-General, prepared by UN Women, details global efforts and persisting gaps in efforts to address violence against women migrant workers. More

The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

As the UN Secretary-General launches the latest annual report on progress towards the MDGs, a look at the impact of each of the eight goals on women and girls, as well as UN Women’s efforts to address remaining challenges. More

In Tajikistan, rural women gain business skills and independence through self-help groups

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A UN Women supported project is training the families of migrants and rural women’s groups to start their own businesses, helping them access micro-credits, and fostering their economic empowerment. They also learn how to save energy and manage household budgets. More

Bringing some happiness: Women ushering change and well-being in their communities

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

To mark the first International Day of Happiness (20 March), we bring you the stories of change-makers whose daily efforts make many people happy, as they improve lives and help many to overcome hardships. More

Tajikistan moves towards a law to prevent domestic violence

Friday, March 1, 2013

After more than 10 years of advocacy and legislative wrangling, on 19 December, 2012 Tajikistan’s Lower House of Parliament approved a bill to provide protection for survivors and prevent domestic violence. The Upper House is expected to pass it into law in the coming months. More

Partners in law: Legal help leads to brighter futures for Tajikistan’s rural women

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

For Maksad Nodirova , legal aid has meant more than a financial foothold in rural Tajikistan. It has helped her forge a path through trauma, disempowerment and loss - and emerge both a breadwinner and businesswoman. More

Better services opening new doors for women in Tajikistan

Monday, July 9, 2012

Makhfirat Dadaboeva, a young mother, cradles the youngest of her three children as she waits in front of the Municipal office in Hissar District in central Tajikistan. Forced to drop out of university when her first child was born a few years back, she is now determined to change her future by finishing her education and getting a job. Bolstering her confidence is the local District Task Force, a legal aid centre supported by UN Women, which provides much needed services to underserved community members, many of them women. More

One-stop-shop service delivery in Tajikistan

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It is a crisp spring morning in Ghonchi district in northern Tajikistan, and a large crowd of women from across the district have gathered outside of the main government building, the Hukumat. They are here for an historic event - the opening of Tajikistan's first One Stop Shop for public service delivery. More

Rural Women Take on a New Role in Delivering Services in Tajikistan

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In Northern Tajikistan, in the village of Qal'achai Mazor in Isfara district, the story of Savrukhon Kholmatova is all too common. A mother of four children, she is also the primary care provider for her three disabled nieces and nephew. For Savrukhon, life is a daily struggle to provide for her children and her orphaned dependents, who lost their mother at a young age to disease, and a father in a rail yard accident. Adding to the problems was the absence of the birth certificates of the nieces and nephews, which made claiming disability benefits impossible. More

Income-Generating Initiatives a Lifeline for Rural Women

Friday, October 14, 2011

In Russia and Central Asia, UN Women has joined national governments and non-governmental partners, the International Organization for Migration and the World Bank in a programme aimed at improving the living conditions of families of migrant workers. It helps them gain skills and seek better livelihoods. More

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