The world leaders, representatives of civil society, businessmen, representatives of youth movements gathered in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, to raise at the international level one of the burning issues – stopping violence against women and girls.
Measures to prevent maternal mortality, meeting the demand for reproductive health services, achieving gender justice by 2030 – all these topics have been covered by the agenda of the three-day high-level forum to promote the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, initiated by UNFPA, the governments of Denmark and Kenya.
The first International Conference on Population and Development, or ICPD, was held in Cairo 25 years ago. Then 179 countries expressed their call for the empowerment of women and girls in all spheres of life in the final Program. A quarter of a century later, it became necessary to mobilize political will for the final and full realization of this document.
At the meeting in Nairobi, senior officials, including heads of state, parliamentarians and representatives of non-governmental organizations and public associations, will announce specific financial and policy commitments, political and other initiatives to breathe new life into the ICPD.
Discussions at the ICPD anniversary meeting will highlight progress and upcoming actions in five key areas:
• Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage.
• Financing required to complete the ICPD Programme of Action, and to sustain the gains made.
• Drawing on demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development.
• Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.
• Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care even in humanitarian and fragile contexts.
The delegation of Turkmenistan is headed by the Deputy Minister of health and medical industry Arslangylych Gylyjov. It includes Gurbanmyrat Ashyrov, Head of Committee on Social Policy of the Mejlis, and Dovlet Chotbayev, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the forum, Turkmen delegates will share information on Turkmenistan’s experience in addressing gender issues and the country’s political commitments in the following areas:
• achieving universal access to reproductive health and improving maternal health,
• expanding the comprehensive reproductive health education and information for adolescents,
• promoting gender equality and taking action to prevent gender-based violence, and
• drawing on quality data to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development.
Globally, every day more than 800 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth. More than 33,000 girls worldwide are forced into marriage. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, one in three women is physically abused at least once during their lifetime.
Currently, the Ministry of health and medical industry of Turkmenistan, in cooperation with UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, is developing the next edition of the National strategy for reproductive health and maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health for 2020-2030, together with the Action Plan for 2020-2025. The government’s policy in this area takes a guide from the fact that the health of mother and child is an integral part of the socio – economic development of the country, nation’s present and future welfare.