Uzbekistan

Following independence in 1991, Uzbekistan remained a closed country characterised by human rights violations and the suppression of open expression. Since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power in 2016, Uzbekistan has embarked on a series of economic and social reforms and is opening up more to its neighbours and the world. But many challenges remain, including mistrust in authorities, uncompetitive elections, gender inequality, and lack of access to services.

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We work with women-led partners under the Istiqbolli Avlod network of civil society organisations to address security concerns in Jizzakh, Namangan and Tashkent regions.  We provide training, mentorship and financial resources to civil society for them to advocate and establish inclusive ‘community security working groups'. We work with communities to analyse, identify, prioritise and resolve safety and security problems, including gender-based violence or discrimination, recruitment or support for violent groups, and lack of access to needed services. Together with partners, we use our learning to inform our advocacy with local authorities and the national government on providing more people-centred security and services.

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