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The closing ceremony of the 16 Days of Activism campaign and the final match of the “Orange Ball” girls futsal tournament (a modified form of soccer, with five players per side) were held in Dushanbe on 10 December with the support of the Spotlight Initiative programme in Tajikistan in partnership with the Tajik Professional Futsal League.
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Amiran Karatsev is an 18-year-old activist from Tajikistan, currently living and studying Sociology and Psychology in Moscow. For the past four years he has been active in promoting women's and girls' rights and talking about feminism. He fights gender stereotypes in Tajikistan through social media and public speeches.
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Mapping of community‘s gender social norms and their bearers; Mobilize Communities based on Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology, incl. TOT, formation of women’s groups; a participatory gender assessment and mobilization process that supports women to recognize and prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), redistribute care work and dedicate more time to paid economic activity; Conduct community-driven grassroots activities on (1) care work recognition and redistribution, and on (2) prevention VAWG; Host Public Fairs for communities on the women’s rights in migration context; Support the networking of women activists by means of exchange visits of the district CSOs to CSOs and development partners in Dushanbe (Days-of-Open Doors).
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On International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the Government of Tajikistan, the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) gathered to launch the Tajikistan chapter of the ground-breaking Spotlight Initiative which aims to end sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls. The event also launched the national 16 Days of Activism Against gender-based violence campaign.
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Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan will identify potential Responsible Parties that will build capacity of a CSO on requirements for grant-making procedures and provide technical support to develop strategies for resource mobilization and use of alternative funding mechanisms.
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The objective is to increase the capacity and resources of medical forensic services and 6 relevant CSOs to deliver higher quality and more coordinated essential services and access to justice to WGWD - survivors of violence, especially those facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. This will be supported by increased access to information to women and girls’ survivors of violence and their families regarding access to quality essential services.
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UN Women calls on everyone to unite around protecting women and girls, to show zero tolerance to violence and to stand against rape and sexual harassment. Stopping the pandemic of violence at home, streets, and society can only be achieved by acting together.
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Natalia Idrisova is an environmental, gender and animal rights activist from Dushanbe, Tajikistan and a member of the CAN EECA Climate Network. As the project coordinator of the Little Earth environmental CSO, she trains rural women to use energy-saving equipment to free up their time while strengthening their role in decision-making.
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International Women's Day was commemorated in Tajikistan with a range of initiatives from sports events aiming to strengthen women and girls in peacebuilding processes to TV shows spotlighting women's leadership.
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Uguloy Abdullaeva became one of the first women in Tajikistan to head a local water users association. Through it, she has pioneered many ways to overcome the widespread lack of access to water in Tajikistan. She’s a woman with an excavator – and she knows how to use it.
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In cooperation with the Art Doshan creative association, UN Women in Tajikistan held a children's art contest entitled: ‘My voice, our equal future’ to mark International Day of the Girl. The Day aims to promote girls’ empowerment and children expressed their views on this through their art, raising awareness about the rights of girls.
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Gulbahor Majidova’s life has been full of losses. But she has not let that deter her from becoming an activist in her community and a leader in advancing the reform of the civil registration system in Tajikistan.
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As the devasting COVID-19 crisis unfolds worldwide, in Tajikistan peer counsellors are turning to technology to reach out to women living with HIV, who face particular risks and vulnerabilities.
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Dilyora Mammadova, a woman living with HIV from Tajikistan, is working with affected women and high-risk groups, helping identify new cases of local HIV infection, supporting women with the same diagnosis, and bringing them medicine. Through a joint UN Women- UNAIDS project for women living with HIV in 2019, her small sewing workshop and her business proposal received funding. Nowadays, due to the high demand for COVID-19 protection masks, Mammadova is supplying masks.
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Gulyaim Dobutova, 39 years old, is a school librarian in Arka village of Batken province in Kyrgyzstan, along the border with Tajikistan. Together with her self-help group, Yntimak, which means solidarity in Kyrgyz, she launched a bakery center, specializing in traditional pastry and confectionary products.
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On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.
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Empowering women living along contentious parts of the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with new knowledge, skills and business acumen is bringing civilians from both countries together where land disputes and resources feuds have regularly fueled longstanding tensions.
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Davbekova Ashyrgul, 49, is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Her group promotes participation of women in community development and peace-building processes.
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More than 120 participants from Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, to discuss the key role of women and young people in finding effective solutions to HIV-related issues and the importance of strengthening the capacities of youth and women’s networks in decision-making and active response to the HIV epidemic.
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To mark the opening of 16 Days of Activism, UN agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and government partners in Tajikistan came together to show their commitment to defending the rights of women and girls.