On 20 and 21 December, the Equal Rights Trust launched three new comprehensive reports examining discrimination and inequality in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Published as these three countries mark the 25th year of their independence, the reports provide unprecedented insights into discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnicity, political opinion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other grounds in states where little has previously been reported on such issues.

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Experts have raised concerns about a recent serious of incidents in which Tajik women have killed themselves along with their children.

Suicide rates tend to be high amongst Tajik women, with most deaths occurring in rural areas.

According to the state committee on women and family affairs, 400 women committed suicide between 2011 and 2013. The real figure is likely to be much higher as many deaths are misreported.

Since last July, four women have tried to commit suicide with their children, two of them successfully. As a result 11 children died.


Women who use drugs experience systematic and widespread violence, harassment, and sexual abuse at the hands of law enforcement officers, in health care settings as well as at home.  Stigmatizing drug policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that criminalize drug use at the expense of public health perpetuate this cycle of violence.


Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the geopolitical region of Central Asia was reorganised into five independent states – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Central Asia spans over four million square kilometres and has a combined population of approximately 70 million people.

Although the region shares some similarities, there are many differences as a result of diverse geopolitical and cultural contexts.


Lola Yuldasheva’s image appears in a mirror, her hand running sensuously along down the front of an unbuttoned, silk blouse as she serenades her singing partner, Rayhon Ganiyeva.
The erotic scene in the video for the duo’s 2015 song Konikmadim (I Haven’t Got Used To It) was such that government officials felt a need to get involved.


10 February 2015

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – 'Strong men respect women.' These were the words of World Taekwondo Champion Daler Tyuryaev, who is helping to lead a movement of martial artists in the battle against gender-based violence and discrimination in Tajikistan.

Mr. Tyuryaev, 28, is a prominent member of the National Taekwondo and Kickboxing Federation of Tajikistan (NTKF), which has partnered with UNFPA and the UN Country Team to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence.