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UNICEF Statement on Plan of Action to Improve Situation of Girls in Specialized Educational Institutions in Uzbekistan

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13 February 2018

TASHKENT, 13 February 2018 - UNICEF welcomes the endorsement of an Inter-Agency Plan of Action by the Women’s Committee in collaboration with state agencies, NGOs and UNICEF in order to improve the education, upbringing and reintegration of children in specialized educational facilities for girls.

"It is commendable that the Plan of Action #10-11-01 of January 4, 2018 endorsed by the Government of Uzbekistan specifically requires respective governmental agencies to take measures to improve the situation of girls in a specialized school and college for girls, conduct assessments on the situation of each girl and put in place individual plans for rehabilitation," said Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan.

“It is very important to apply social work practices in working with the girls and address their needs and situations. The Plan of Action ensures that special measures will contribute to girls’ reintegration to families and communities.  This is seen as a major step by the Government towards fulfilling the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to Uzbekistan in 2013 as well as the national policy of Uzbekistan for crime prevention among girls and young women.”

There are four specialized educational facilities in Uzbekistan for young offenders. Two of four institutions are for girls aged from 11 -14 years old and from 14-18 years old accordingly. The institutions are aimed at disengaging children from criminal behavior, improving education and providing them with professional vocational skills.

In September 2017, representatives of UNICEF and the Prosecutor General’s Office visited the facilities.  Following the visit, UNICEF expressed its readiness to provide technical support to the Women’s Committee and other relevant agencies in improving the situation of girls in the specialized educational facilities.

UNICEF reaffirms its commitment to provide technical assistance to the Government of Uzbekistan in ensuring the implementation of the Plan of Action in line with international standards and best practices of other countries on working with children at risk of offending.

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