Pathways to Gender Equality and Decent Work in Uzbekistan

In recent years, Uzbekistan has embarked on an array of reforms with a focus on creating an enabling environment for social justice. Gender equality matters play a significant role in this process: the country has initiated a series of important measures in advancing women’s rights and addressing inequalities in the labour market through the adoption of national policies, legislation and strategies.

However, despite the notable progress made in promoting decent work agenda, there are some persisting challenges, including those related to gender equality, that need to be addressed.

The High-Level Conference on Pathways to Gender Equality and Decent Work in Uzbekistan will feed into the ILO’s global vision to promote the Global Coalition for Social Justice and reinforce the commitment of the ILO tripartite constituents to take action for social justice. It will bring together representatives of the governments, private sector, workers’ and employers’ organizations from different countries, as well as civil society and academia.

The specific objectives of the High-Level Conference are to:

  • reaffirm the commitment of the ILO tripartite constituents to advancing gender equality and social justice in Uzbekistan.
  • exchange of knowledge and experiences in mainstreaming and implementation of gender-responsive policies in different countries.
  • address challenges and opportunities in achieving gender-responsive economic and social development and decent work.


Tanzila Narbayeva, Chairperson of the Senate/Head of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality of the Senate
Behzod Musaev, Minister of Employment and Poverty Reduction
Qudratullah Rafikov, Chairperson, Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan
Ilkhom Khaidarov, Chairperson, Confederation of Employers of Uzbekistan
Consuelo Vidal Bruce, United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Uzbekistan
Konstantin Obolensky, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Uzbekistan
Bengt Lyngback, independent expert, Sweden
Sonia Malaspina, HR Director of DANONE
Bjørn Halvorsen, independent expert, Norway
Aysun Sayin, Chief People, Culture and Sustainability Officer, RAN Group, Turkey
Silvia Cormaci, Gender Equality Advisor, ITUC
Zvezdana Oluic, Montenegrin Employers Federation
Sevilya Murodova, ET Consultant for the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity program in Central Asia

Olga Koulaeva, Director of ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Chidi King, Chief of the ILO Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI)
Mansour Omeira, Equality and Non-discrimination Specialist, GEDI

How to join
The event will be held in a hybrid format. Please register here to follow through Zoom. Interpretation will be available in English and Russian languages.