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NEWS AND EVENTS
December 21, 2004
WORLD BANK COUNTRY OFFICE HOSTS EVENT ON GENDER ISSUES
On 20 December, a round table on gender issues was held in the World Bank country office in Uzbekistan.

Taking the advantage of the visit of Gulnara Febres, Senior Operations Officer on gender issues of the World Bank Institute, the bank invited the representatives of the Uzbekistan Women?s Committee, government agencies, NGOs and donors.

The participants of the round table exchanged views on main gender issues in Uzbekistan. The representatives of the Women?s Committee of Uzbekistan explained the main objectives of the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan on ?Additional Support of the Activity of the Women?s Committee of Uzbekistan\".

The event has become a real dialogue between the government, donors and NGOs, targeted at promotion of gender education and raising public awareness on gender issues in Uzbekistan. It was agreed that only joint actions will bring fruitful results.

Research from around the world has shown that gender inequality tends to slow economic growth and make the rise from poverty more difficult. The reasons for this link are not hard to understand.

Half of the world?s population is female, hence, the extent to which women and girls benefit from development policies and programs has a major impact on countries? overall development success. Research also shows that women and girls tend to work harder than men, are more likely to invest their earnings in their children, are major producers as well as consumers, and shoulder critical, life-sustaining responsibilities without which men and boys could not survive much less enjoy high levels of productivity.

Women?s empowerment is particularly important for determining a country?s demographic trends ? trends that in turn affect its economic success and environmental sustainability.

For all these reasons, the World Bank views the third Millennium Development Goal ? to promote gender equality and empower women ? as a central component to its overall mission to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. The Bank has an Operational Policy that spells out its responsibilities in this area, and a strategy to implement this policy.


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