Combating and eliminating all forms of violence against women requires coordinated policies at all relevant levelsNov 27, 2015
27 November 2015 in Dushanbe the national round table “Strengthening the national measures to eradicate all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls" was conducted. The round table was organized by UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF) in Tajikistan (UN JAP), through the initiative of CSO “Bovari +” and Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN).
Participants were informed that this event organized to support the World AIDS Day campaign, International Day for the
Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaigns as a part of the UN Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. The UNiTE Campaign serves as a platform for sharing new and effective strategies to combat violence against women. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about this fundamental violation of women’s human rights, particularly by engaging with men and boys, strengthen grassroots and policy initiatives, and highlight efforts to support governments in providing women with access to justice.
Around 50 representatives of CSOs, international organization, mass media, outreach workers and representatives from vulnerable groups of population took part in the meeting. The purpose of the round table was to draw attention of society to the problems of
women and girls, especially of women living with HIV and gender issues related to HIV infection, for elaboration of overall recommendations and follow-up actions to reduce violence against women and girls.
"Only through elimination of gender inequality, stigma, discrimination and violence against women and girls we can fights with HIV/AIDS" – noted the director of CSO “Tajikistan Network of women living with HIV/AIDS”, Ms. Takhmina Haidarova. "First of all we need to support women,
they need to have a hope and confidence in the future, which should receive every woman, especially those infected with HIV, regardless of the way and reasons of their infection. I hope that the issues to be addressed in this round Table, will draw attention of service-providers, communities and ordinary people
on the problems of women and girls in the context of gender and HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan, "- stressed Ms. Haidarova.
“This event coincides with World AIDS Day, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaigns. The issues to be discussed during this round table such as challenges and achievements of CSOs working in the field of gender and HIV/AIDS, support and assistance needed and services for prisoners, are very essential in strengthening measures to eradicate forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls in Tajikistan”., said Mr. Furkat Lutfulloev, UNDP Program Analyst during his speech to participants.
In the course of the round table, participants introduced their presentations and views to strengthening measures to eradicate forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. Presentations followed by interesting discussions and suggestions. Participants expressed their concerns regarding the factors limiting the access of women living with HIV to different types of social services, stigma and discrimination from society, inadequate legal and institutional framework, and the low level of legal literacy and unawareness of women living with HIV on HIV/AIDS prevention and the existing support programmes.
One of the main outcomes of the National Round Table was development of the Resolution derived from the presentations, discussions, proposals and observations of the participants. The document claims and guides for further struggling with all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and vulnerable groups of population. The Resolution will be provided to national and international partners for their review and action.
Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint
Advocacy Project on HIV in Tajikistan at: Bakhtiyor.firstname.lastname@example.org