On April 28, 2021 a press conference was held in Fergana city to launch the project: "‘Social support and protection of rights of the rural population living in the Fergana valley’" which is implemented by the Center for Social and Legal Assistance to Women and Children "Mehrjon" in partnership with the DVV branch in Uzbekistan, with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office. The press conference was actively attended by representatives of the khokimiyat of Fergana city, mahallas of Fergana province, mass media, as well as interested persons and civil sector organizations.
The press conference began with a presentation of the project. Director of "Mehrjon" NGO, Ibrahimova H. noted that the project aims to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide free access to vocational skills development courses ("Cutting and Sewing", "Weaving", "Computer Literacy", "Milk Processing" and others), including programs on life and business skills, counseling on social issues, psychological and medical support to migrants and rural women in difficult economic situations, as well as their family members.
Akhunova Sh. M., a deputy of the political party "Milliy Tiklanish", a member of the Council of People's Deputies of Fergana city, made a welcoming speech and underlined that during the pandemic, women living in rural areas of Fergana region suffer particularly from domestic violence and unemployment. The deputy further noted that for women, this project is an opportunity not only to improve professional skills, learn a new craft, but also to increase personal motivation and improve their economic well-being.
Y. Sharipova, Chief Specialist on Strengthening Families in Ferghana oblast, noted that the project will have a positive impact on creating and maintaining strong, socially protected families, in which close people can better understand each other and find ways to overcome difficult situations in life.
D. Urinova, a specialist from the Fergana Province Department of Internal Affairs, noted that the pandemic has led to an increase in cases of domestic violence, and the consultations on social issues, psychological and medical support provided by the project will help reduce these cases and create conditions for the formation of a happy family.
All participants of the press conference: representatives of government agencies, the civil sector, and the media, expressed their desire to provide the necessary support in implementing and achieving the goals of the project.