Gender issues and legislation
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- A special guide will be issued for parliaments, which will help to take into account gender factors when discussing and adopting regulations, in particular laws. This was reported by the press service of the National Center for Human Rights of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
This and other issues were discussed during an international online discussion held at the end of July 2020 by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. Uzbekistan at this forum was represented by the vice-chairman of the Interparliamentary Union, the first deputy speaker of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis Akmal Saidov.
The development of gender-sensitive legislation has been considered under the 2030 Agenda and the implementation of the Beijing Agenda and Platform for Action.
As noted by participants, modern laws should be designed to protect and improve the lives of women and girls around the world. And the most important role in ensuring this condition is played by parliamentarians, who should be active participants in strengthening the legal framework for improving the status of women and eliminating discrimination in legislation.
In this regard, the developed manual for parliamentarians on drafting gender legislation is intended to support parliaments in identifying inequalities in the legal system of the state and conducting gender studies aimed at empowering women and girls.
During the discussion, A. Saidov acquainted the participants with how the provisions of the Beijing Declaration are being implemented into the legislation of Uzbekistan. The experience of the country was highly appreciated by the representative of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Zeyna Hilal, including the creation of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, and the Commission on Family and Women in the Senate.
It was also noted that the country adopted two new laws - on equal rights and opportunities for women and men and on the protection of women from violence, as well as a mechanism for gender expertise of draft laws. According to Z. Hilal, these steps by Uzbekistan serve as the best practices for the implementation of the provisions of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well as the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
The successful efforts of the Government of Uzbekistan to introduce the principles of gender equality and the protection of women’s rights were noted by the representative of UN-Women, Beatrice Duncan. She emphasized that this experience of Uzbekistan was positively assessed by the UN treaty bodies - the Committee against Torture, the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the Human Rights Committee.