Kazakhstan hosts Central Asian Parliamentary Meeting on Population for first time

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.28 / Trend S. Suleymanov /

On Thursday, Oct.28, Kazakhstan for the first time is holding the Central Asian Parliamentary Meeting on Population, Reproductive Health and Gender, the Kazakh Parliament said.

The two-day meeting, which is underway in Almaty, is attended by the parliamentary delegations of the five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Within the cooperation representatives from Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region are also expected to attend the meeting.

The meeting will focus on gender issues within the framework of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

"Specific topics include education for girls and women, the law on gender equality and protection of women's rights, protection of reproductive health for young people and allocating funds for gender development within national policies of the region's countries," the Kazakh Parliament said.

ICPD Programme of Action adopted in Cairo in 1994, emphasizes the key role of parliamentarians in adoption of national laws and policies on gender equality and protection of women's rights.

Today's meeting in Almaty is aimed at improving understanding among men parliamentarians and women parliamentarians from the countries of Central Asia on gender issues within the ICPD Programme of Action.

The project also aims at stimulating commitment and encouragement of further actions to address identified issues that will contribute to poverty reduction and improving reproductive health in Central Asia.

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