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Happy International Women’s Day to the women of Uzbekistan!

On 8 March 2014 the world community will mark the 103rd International Women’s Day.

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International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s, and now each year. On 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. A global web of activity connects women from all around the world. This includes political rallies, business conferences, government activities through to local women’s’ craft markets, theatre performances, fashion parades and more.

Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide remains a priority for the UK. During the week commencing 3rd March, the Foreign Secretary will be using International Women’s Day to promote the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) as well as other work under the Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

The President of Uzbekistan proclaimed 1999 as the Year of Women in order to emphasise the contribution of women to the development of society. Organisations such as the Women’s Committee, Association of Entrepreneur Women and many others were created in order to provide support and assistance, to raise awareness and effectively engage with women all over Uzbekistan.

The British Embassy in Tashkent also contributes to the efforts of the Government of Uzbekistan to empower Uzbek women through project activity including support for training courses intended to train women from the rural areas of Uzbekistan in basic entrepreneurial skills.

The British Embassy in Tashkent takes this opportunity to congratulate the women of Uzbekistan and throughout the world on International Women’s Day.

For further information on International Women’s Day, please click here

For further information about the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in promoting human rights and equality, please click here.

Published 6 March 2014