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Last updated: March 18, 2020

Coronavirus
March 18, 2020

On March 17, the U.S. Embassy handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Agency for Sanitary and Epidemiological Wellbeing (ASEW) as part of the United States’ second PPE donation to Uzbekistan to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

February 3, 2020

Over two years ago, Alim was looking for work (name changed to protect the identity of the individual).  Like many people in Uzbekistan, Alim was considering traveling abroad to find work where he would be able to earn higher wages than what he could find at home.  One of Alim’s acquaintances was a local recruiter and offered him the chance to work at a construction site in a nearby country, promising good living conditions and a monthly salary of US $700. But when Alim arrived to work on a construction team building cottages, his passport was taken away.  Alim began working for the construction company but after a month, he still had not been paid. Alim was told by his employer that the employer was sending Alim’s wages to the recruiter to pay him for recruiting Alim.

February 3, 2020

The USAID Dignity and Rights program, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is designed to advance human rights and dignity in Central Asia, both as an issue of public policy, as well as civic culture. The project focuses on citizens’ and migrants’ awareness of their labor rights and the civil sector’s capacity to help protect the human rights of migrants and potential migrants as well as the rights of migrants’ families. The Dignity and Rights project addresses challenges related to violations of migrants’ rights and counter trafficking in persons in Central Asia and presents a targeted and unified intervention for a strong, regional, human rights response to these challenges.

Central Asia
January 22, 2020

Today, USAID’s Smart Waters project convened water sector national partners from five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan for the eighth Regional Steering Committee for water coordination in Burabay, Kazakhstan. The meeting facilitated the exchange of information and ideas among participating countries and the sharing of national best practices at a regional level.  

December 19, 2019

In September 2019, Uzbekistan adopted the country’s first ever gender equality law, “Guarantees of Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men”. The long-awaited law represents a firm stance against gender-based discrimination and ensures equal rights for both sexes – an ambitious goal in a society with deeply-rooted gender stereotypes.

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