The UN Office in Tashkent, in conjunction with national Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs) and the UN Country Team in Uzbekistan, organized the beginning of an international campaign ‘From peace in the home to world peace’.
From 25 November to 10 December, under UN auspices, the campaign includes awareness-raising activities and events to promote and protect women in Uzbekistan and around the world. Encompassed during this period are four International Days: the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), World AIDS Day (1 December), Persons with Disabilities (3 December) and Human Rights Day (10 December).
The opening ceremony was attended by campaign organizers, participants and media representatives. Acting UN Resident Coordinator Karl Kulessa welcomed everyone with a speech highlighting the importance of the campaign, while the Director of NANNOs Dilshod Atabayev stated that there are currently more than 6,000 NGOs operating in Uzbekistan, many of which work to enhance both the economic independence and social support of women.
Gender equality globally remains a UN priority and one of the eight Millennium Development Goals. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.”
To amplify the campaign’s impact, a three-day peer-training course on enhancing and protecting women’ rights was conducted from 12 November to 10 December. This year’s activities include drawing, graffiti and photography exhibitions, cycling events, gift exchanges, fairs, workshops, entertainment programmes and intellectual games.
The organizers of the 2012 campaign include the National Association of NGOs of Uzbekistan, the ‘Women’s Council’ NGO, the Women’s Committee, the Center for the Support of Civil Initiatives, the UN Population Fund, UN Women, the UN Development Programme, the UN Information Office and the International Kurash Association (IKA).