Political and public figures of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and the USA took part in the event.
During the conference, it was repeatedly emphasized that in the countries of Central Asia a favorable legal and social environment is formed for the comfortable development of women's business skills and their involvement in entrepreneurship and social activities.
In his speech, the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population M.E. Abylkasymova noted that today support for women's economic growth and opportunities is an urgent issue not only for Afghanistan but for all countries of the world.
The head of the department singled out five main directions on which Kazakhstan's policy on the empowerment of women is based.
So, the first direction is a strong institutional base. In Kazakhstan, equal rights for women and men are enshrined in all basic laws, including the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The country has ratified the basic international documents in the field of gender equality.
In the second direction, the minister called access to education. To date, the number of employed women in Kazakhstan has higher and secondary vocational education than men compared to men and is 52%.
Thirdly, social programs of support are an important direction for women's empowerment. The modern Kazakhstani labor market is characterized by high female employment. For example, in the Global Competitiveness Index on the indicator "Working women, share in relation to men," Kazakhstan is in 30 leaders.
"State programs to promote employment are being implemented in the country. So, since 2017 the Program of development of productive employment and mass business is realized. Within the framework of the Program, small and medium-sized businesses are supported in terms of financing, training in entrepreneurship. Thanks to these measures, 44% of all SMEs are headed by women, "Madina Abylkasymova said.
As the fourth direction, it was noted the creation of conditions for the support of motherhood and childhood. In this direction, Kazakhstan provides for the provision of maternity leave up to 3 years with the preservation of the workplace, payment of maternity benefits and childcare benefits after reaching one year.
In the fifth direction, the Minister noted the creation of a civil society promoting the rights of women. To date, there are organizations and associations in the country that support women. Thanks to their activities, many of them could believe in their own strength, and not only create their own business, but also additional jobs, thereby strengthening the country's economy.
At the end of her speech, Madina Abylkasymova outlined the importance of joint efforts to expand rights and ensure equality of opportunities for women.