OSCE forum discusses negative effects of gender stereotypes

Staff Report

DUSHANBE -- The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday (December 19) in Dushanbe organised a roundtable to discuss gender stereotypes, the OSCE said in a Thursday (December 22) statement.

The forum brought together 30 participants, including Tajik gender specialists, female politicians, youth and members of civil society.

"Stereotypes and poverty are the major factors that have a negative effect on educational outcomes for girls," many participants noted, according to the OSCE. Obstacles barring female advancement in Tajikistan, in endeavours like politics, include "domestic behaviours and occupational segregation", participants observed.

The forum ended with suggestions that the OSCE organise monthly events to raise awareness of the issue and that it encourage discussions in urban and rural areas.

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