Uzbekistan, Asia
Nadejda Atayeva


In the patriarchal society of Uzbekistan the existence of the practice of violence against women is not given a voice. The law enforcement agencies do not accept the statements of the victims, believing that they should not interfere in family relationships. This happens even when women showing traces of bruises on their body and the diagnosis of “concussion”, and seek help. Impunity has led to the victims of domestic violence in Uzbekistan becoming the largest group of systematically abused persons. They remain virtually unprotected. Their life turns into a long nightmare. Representatives of the state authorities of Uzbekistan condoning attitude to the problem of domestic violence. In my opinion, a United Nations convention addressing all forms of violence against women will form the responsibility of the state and change the public attitudes towards victims of domestic violence. I am in favour of developing a Treaty on VAW.

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