In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the: elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women's work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia dates back to 1999, represented previously by UNIFEM, and covers 12 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Delivering Basic Services for Women
Gender and Democratic Governance in Development: Delivering Basic Services For Women
This project is part of the global programme "Gender and Democratic Governance in Development - Delivering Basic Services for Women", which is being implemented in Tajikistan along with other countries of Morocco, Egypt and Rwanda. This programme aims to promote sustainable peace by building inclusive governance with a specific focus on improving women's participation in the design and delivery of public services.
The programme has three key goals:
increase women's participation in the planning and design of service delivery;
build gender-responsiveness into the design and delivery of public services; and
develop a global knowledge base on gender specific governance deficits that limit women's access to service delivery in post conflict and fragile states.
Central Asia Regional Migration Programme (CARMP) – Economic Empowerment of vulnerable families of migrants in Tajikistan
CARMP is a three year multi-partner programme implemented by 10M, UN Women, and World Bank with a financial support of the UK Government and in partnership with Migration Agencies and Ministries of labor in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Russia, mass media and a number of sub-contracted civil society organizations.
The Goal of the programme is to contribute to poverty reduction through improved livelihoods for migrant men, women, and family and to protect their rights. UN Women particularly achieved to enhance the skills and knowledge of families from labor migrants for life improvement. UN Women in Tajikistan implements the activities of CARMP project in 11 jamoats of Isfara, Gonchi, and B. Gafurov districts of Sughd region through local implementing partners, the Association of Women and Society.
GTG – Gender Thematic Group
Main Objectives of the Group:
On policy issues:
to mobilize an expanded response from the Government, donors and civil society to gender related priorities and interventions;
to advocate and promote multi-sectoral response to gender mainstreaming introducing Human Rights Approach and Results Based Management;
to develop sector specific knowledge to be able to provide advisory services for UNCT and partners;
to prepare regularly a series of policy briefs on gender issues in thematic areas (economics, health, conflict, poverty, migration, natural disasters, etc);
to facilitate strategic, content specific discussions on theme areas with involvement of all interested partners;
to assist the government in organizing periodic coordinated resource mobilization exercises in support of implementation of the national policy on equal rights and opportunities;
to promote enhancing the capacity of national professionals in gender policy, improving legislation and coordinating gender-related activities;
to raise awareness on gender mainstreaming concept among decision makers;
to promote non-discriminatory practices in human resources policy of partners, contribute to development of recommendations for anti-discriminatory measures, monitor their implementation and share results in concerned parties;
to disseminate information and advocate on compliance with code of conduct for international organizations working in Tajikistan with a focus on nondiscriminatory practices.
On coordination issues:
to collect, analyze and share information on a country gender profile;
to support networking with gender experts in the national, regional and global levels;
to facilitate partnerships between civil society organizations, the government and the international community to ensure efficient response to gender equality needs/ priorities;
to facilitate joint programming gender-related projects and activities among the members of the group within the context of the relevant national programme and policy;
to assist UNCT to identify areas for joint gender mainstreaming actions and assess their performance and results achieved; to assist UN RC in engaging with and supporting efforts by the key regional and national players towards broader dialogue aimed at gender mainstreaming;
to ensure that the gender equality dimensions are consistently included into CCA/UNDAF and all major reports including MDGR, NHDR, RC Annual Report, etc.;
to streamline activities with other theme groups to ensure that gender aspects are mainstreamed into sectoral coordination and activities;
to review and coordinate national partner requests to the cosponsors for technical or financial support;
to conduct regular follow-up meetings.
Gender and HIV
For the past years UN Women has been actively involved in the interagency programming to respond to HIV. UN Women's assistance in this field is aimed at improving gender- responsiveness of programming on HIV and AIDS prevention and response at different levels. HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme in Tajikistan is funded, predominantly from the external sources and has following objectives:
Conduction of information , education and communication activities to reduce risky behavior;
Prevention of sexual transmission of HIV
Harm reduction activities for IDUs HIV prevention among migrants. Delivery of preventive and treatment services for PLWHA