Post-conflict security-building may also involve assistance with building democracy to establish non-violent means to resolve differences that were previously settled by violence or the threat of force.

ODIHR works with FOs to support OSCE pS in strengthening their judicial independence and accountability. ODIHR democratic governance work focuses on regional initiatives to promote parliamentary oversight (in co-operation with the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly), strengthening networks for women leaders at the national and regional levels. engaging young leaders as academics and policymakers and publishing new Guidelines on Promoting the Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities. ODIHR also published Gender, Diversity and Justice.

Women’s participation

The OSCE PCUz, jointly with the Committee on Women and Gender Equality of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, launched a series of roundtable discussions aiming at advancing women’s participation in political and public life. The roundtables ensured a focus on substantive aspects of women’s leadership and political participation. Female candidates from political parties are empowered with leadership skills and knowledge on international standards on women`s rights and gender equality. The PCUz established a platform for dialogue between female parliamentarians and police, as well as women’s organizations and launched a series of roundtable discussions on the role of women in preventing crime within their communities. The roundtables focused on the concept of community policing, the importance of civic-law enforcement partnership in preventing criminal activities, as well as on the existing international practices and promising experience of Uzbekistan in the re-integration of women returning from conflict zones.

Participants of the round-table discussion on the advancement of women’s participation in politics and business, Uzbekistan, 2019. (OSCE/Malika Urinboeva)

Participants of the round-table discussion on the advancement of women’s participation in politics and business, Uzbekistan, 2019. (OSCE/Malika Urinboeva)

In order to strengthen the national capacity to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and to improve support service for victims, the PCUz, jointly with the Oila Centre and the Supreme Court, conducted a roundtable discussion on relevaqnt legal and policy frameworks, hands-on experience of practitioners representing Uzbekistan, the OSCE Gender Section, and other pS. To advance within national police the knowledge and skills required to respond in an effective and appropriate manner to violence against women, the PCUz developed a Manual for police officers on the methodology of working with potential offenders and preventing acts of violence to protect rights of victims of domestic violence. 

The PCUz launched the Uzbekistan version of the “Men Engage Network” with a video clip of ten prominent men saying “No” to gender-based violence to raise awareness about the important role men can play in the elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. The PCUz signed an agreement with a leading women’s rights NGO “Civic Initiatives Support Centre” to provide personalized, non-judgmental support, information about services available and access to free legal aid and psychological counselling for women in a difficult life situation. Due to recent national reforms in the judiciary, national partners proposed to focus on specialization of judges on family disputes instead of creating specialized pilot family courts. PCUz organizes the specialization of judges on the use of mediation in the consideration of family disputes and offenses against women and children.