UNODC improves the knowledge of youth on gender-based violence and gender equality in Uzbekistan

On 14 December 2022 UNODC jointly with ‘Istiqbolli Avlod’ Republican Social Information Center organized an event devoted to the ‘16 days of activism against gender-based violence against women and girls’ campaign for over 40 students of Tashkent Tax College in Uzbekistan.


Gulnar Kudaybergenova, UNODC ROCA National Programme Officer, briefed on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 days of Activism campaign that commences every year on 25 November and runs till 10 December, Human Rights Day. 

Nargiza Abdukadyrova, UNODC ROCA National Programme Officer, discussed with the students the phenomenon of gender-based violence (GBV). They discussed the definition of GBV, risk factors contributing to GBV, different forms of GBV. Ms. Abdukadyrova provided information on GBV with the aim to deepen students' understanding and engagement to fight, prevent and respond to gender-based violence focusing on gender equality.

Dilnoza Ibragimova, Project Coordinator at ‘Istiqbolli Avlod’ Republican Social Information Center discussed with the students on high risks of falling into trafficking in persons as a result of routine domestic violence against women and girls.  “It is easy to be lured into human trafficking by means of fake love and attention from recruiters and various deceptions when women and girls are stuck in their shell with their problems and receive no love and support from their relatives, loved ones,”- she noted.

The trainer and the participants discussed the concept of human trafficking and migrants smuggling, the methods used in recruitment for the purpose of human trafficking and migrants smuggling, where to address if a person is in a difficult situation while in a foreign country, and also discussed the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan on countering human trafficking and migrants smuggling.

Participants also vibrantly expressed their opinions and considerations on gender-based violence and types of violence used against victims of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling. 

The Tashkent tax College students and teachers participated in a quiz based on the discussed topics with the prizes provided by UNODC ROCA and ‘Istiboli Avlod’ NGO.  

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The annual campaign of 16 Days of Activism sparks hundreds of events around the world designed to accelerate efforts to end violence against women and girls. The global theme for this year’s UN Secretary-General-led campaign is “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”, calling upon governments and partners to show their solidarity with women’s rights movements and activists, and inviting everyone to join the global movement to end violence against women once and for all. 

Comprehensive and multi-sectoral solutions are required to end all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 5.2. Crime prevention and criminal justice responses are a key part of this approach. Learn more about UNODC’s work on gender-based violence here.  

For further information please contact:   

Arifa Fatikhova  

Communications and External Relations Officer

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 

Regional Office for Central Asia

Mobile: (+998 99) 825-05-43 | Email: arifa.fatikhova[at]