First of all I would like to thank the Executive Director of UN Woman for statement, and to express our appreciation for the contribution of CEDAW in global efforts for gender equality.
My delegation associates itself with the statement made by South Africa on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
Tajikistan is fully committed to achieve all goals of the SDGs that were adopted last month, including goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.
We support the central role of the UN in the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, Platform for Action, promoting gender equality, strengthening the role of women and increasing their participation in all spheres of life.
Since the first days of independence the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan has been making comprehensive efforts to efficiently implement gender policy aimed at providing equal rights and opportunities for women. Taking into account the specifics of the Tajik society, the country has developed concrete measures aimed at development and reinforcement of the national legislation, national mechanism and national strategies and programs on improvement of women status and expanding opportunities for them in various spheres.
In cooperation with the international organizations and civil society, the Government of Tajikistan is taking specific measures for effective implementation of the adopted legislation on gender equality. For instance, the Committee on Women and Family under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, being an institutional mechanism for improvement of status of women, has closely cooperated with the Coalition of public associations entitled "From legal equality to actual equality" that was established in May 2008.
The existing normative and legal framework on ensuring equality of rights and opportunities for women in Tajikistan can be divided into two parts, the first of which is aimed at protecting the rights of women in politics, education and economy. The second part deals with protection of women's rights in family, in particular, protection against various forms of violence, ensuring motherhood and child rights, reproduction health.
With the aim to improve access of girls to education the Government of Tajikistan in 1997 issued a Decree on allocation of President's quotas to gifted girls from remote regions. From 1997 through 2014 about 6.000 girls graduated from higher educational establishments.
In 2005 Tajikistan adopted the "Law on state guarantees of equal rights and opportunities for men and women". The Law introduced such innovative notions as gender, gender policy, gender equality, and equal opportunities. To train and promote women leaders, the country developed a state Program entitled "Education, selection and personal administration of executives of Tajikistan from the pool of gifted women and girls for the years 2007-2016".
In 2011 there was adopted the National strategy for empowerment of women in Tajikistan for the years 2011 – 2016. The strategy conditions that are required to fully use women capacities in all spheres of public life, with the aim to achieve sustainable development. In addition, the strategy is aimed at rendering assistance in training of experts on gender equality that will be capable of developing the policy with due consideration to gender balance, as well as in all spheres of society.
In conclusion, I would like to note that the UN Commission on the Status of Women is the main intergovernmental forum for promotion of gender equality, empowerment of women and increasing their participation in all spheres of life. The forthcoming session of the Commission provides a timely opportunity for discussing the ways of active and creative involvement of women in the process of achieving sustainable development, promoting equality and eliminating all forms of violence against women.