Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 12 / Trend , G.Dadashova /
The Uzbek government's policies sought to ensure legal and economic protection of mothers and children and to promote the advancement of women, Uzbek Permanent Representative to the UN
Murad Askarov said, the UN News Center reported.
"To this end, social and political reforms had been introduced throughout Uzbekistan's 20 years of independence," he said at the 11th and 12th meetings of the Third Committee of the 66th UN General Assembly on Oct.11. "State rules stipulating that women must comprise 30 per cent of the candidates for political office had resulted in women holding 22 percent of the seats in Parliament and 15 per cent of the seats in the Senate. Over 300,000 women were also participating in political parties, while assistance was being provided to women entrepreneurs."
The state was particularly interested in helping mothers and children, he said, noting recent initiatives had cut maternal mortality in half, and dropped child mortality by a three-fold rate.
He said the Government had launched a "healthy mother means a healthy child" program. Other initiatives aimed at increasing medical assistance in urban and rural areas and a new clinic system was being introduced.
As part of its efforts to encourage higher participation in sports, the Government had also launched "a healthy child leads to a good healthy future" program. Although Uzbekistan was considered to be a world leader in conditions for women and children, it intended to continue to improve the situation of women, as well as the health of mothers and children.