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Shahnoza Ikramova is a strong mother and head of a specialized non-governmental educational organization “Umnichka”, which provides assistance to the families with children with Down Syndrome. She shares her experience of being a parent to a special child and all the stages she had to go through.
Gulsara Rajabova has given her life to art. Inspired by her uncle Qosim Mirahmedov, who was a famous sculptor, and who with his example first showed her that disabilities cannot stop an artist from creating. Observing him in the process of work as a child, she later became a talented sculptor and an honorary member of the Art Academy of Uzbekistan. However, most of the people know her not just for her golden hands, but for her kind heart and strong spirit. She grew up in a family with 9 other children, most of which were adopted by her mother. She describes her childhood as the time when she learnt equity in practice.
Dilbar Abdurahmanova strikes you at the first moment you meet her. This strong woman, People’s Artist, State Prize Winner, conductor of the symphonic orchestra of the State Academic Theatre named after Alisher Navoi, professor, she has broken all the stereotypes, becoming the professional of the highest level in this traditionally male profession. She is very dedicated to her job and even now at the age of 80 she continues her work as the senior worker of Alisher Navoi Theatre.
Shodiyabegim Bakhtiyorzoda is the scholar of the TechWomen program- 2015 from Uzbekistan. She is a striking example of the successful woman who chose not the most traditional profession for females. By her example Shodiyabegim has been motivating young girls on fulfillments, persistence on achievement of their objectives and self-confidence.
Shahista, the mother of 18-year-old Zahid (name changed), who as a child suffered an accident as a result of which he has been living with HIV for 11 years now. Having found out about her son’s status, Shahista decided not to delay the disclosure, so that he could more easily accept and get accustomed to it.
In connection with the focus on social protection of the most vulnerable brought up in the Strategy of Action for Development of Uzbekistan and other recent reforms, the country will need more social work professionals to render targeted social services. The recent adoption of the Law on social services also will add to the need for more social work professionals.
The world celebrates 1 March as Zero Discrimination Day and it’s time to use a chance to challenge discrimination, however and wherever it happens. It is an opportunity to come together against discrimination and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity.
In a light and cosy classroom in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, children listen attentively to their geography teacher giving a lecture on earth’s crust. Suddenly, a signal by the teacher livens up the room, as children form groups and start a lively discussion and begin scribbling notes. After a while, they come out with sticky notes in their hands and paste them on a big blackboard, which becomes fully covered with colourful pieces of paper in just a matter of seconds.
The global community is faced with increasingly complex humanitarian crises which place children and women at significant risk. On average, UNICEF responds to more than two hundred emergencies every year, informing and shaping these actions as a global leader for children.
UNICEF appreciates the attention of the President of Uzbekistan on crime prevention measures for children and youth at a recent meeting with the representatives of Ministry of Interior.