October 7, 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a vocational and entrepreneurial training program for approximately 1,000 rural women who are either survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) or at risk of GBV. USAID will also help graduates find skilled employment and start their own businesses. This initiative is part of USAID’s $3.4 million Women’s Economic Empowerment Program which supports rural women in Uzbekistan by equipping them with the skills they need to enter the economy as employees. skilled and entrepreneurial.
USAID Mission Director Mikaela Meredith explained, “Preventing and responding to gender-based violence is a cornerstone of the U.S. government’s commitment to advancing human rights, promoting gender equality and empower women and girls. By providing access to training and employment opportunities for vulnerable women and survivors of gender-based violence, USAID supports inclusive economic growth and women’s empowerment.
In recent years, the Uzbek government has taken several important steps to address GBV, including passing the Law on the Protection of Women from All Forms of Harassment and Violence and allocating $40 million per year to implement implementation of the National Strategy on Gender Equality 2030.
By providing tailored job skills and entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and financial support, USAID boosts women’s participation in public and economic life and addresses rural poverty, a root cause of the gender-based violence.
The training will take place in Bukhara, Samarkand, Ferghana, Tashkent and Surkhandarya. Vocational training will focus on building skills in nursing, handicrafts, agro-industry, floriculture and cooking. Entrepreneurship training will cover financial management, business planning, accounting and marketing. The program will be administered by NGOs, including Oydin Nur, Rahmdillik, Mehrjon, nihol, and the Support Center for Civic Initiatives.
Since April 2022, USAID has provided business and entrepreneurship training to more than 1,000 rural women and girls. Over 100 women have already secured employment and 300 women have registered as entrepreneurs. USAID also funds approximately 30 women-led businesses specializing in handicrafts, agritourism, and agriculture and provides 200 rural women with the equipment needed to start micro-enterprises through the Development Fund for kind of USAID.
USAID is partnering with the government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats – including COVID-19 – and build government capacity to meet the needs of population. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistanand Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/USAIDUzbekistan/