Living with Dignity: Knowledge sharing on tackling domestic violence in Central Asia

International Alert in Central Asia facilitated an induction meeting for Uzbek activists on domestic violence prevention and response on 4 August. The meeting aimed at enhancing the Living with Dignity methodology framework and best practices in tackling domestic violence by drawing insights from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Comprising twelve members, the Uzbek participants included representatives from the UN and representatives from women’s rights organizations. The meeting centred on learning about Alert’s methodological response to domestic violence, particularly focusing on multi-level approaches in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The results of the Living with Dignity project implementation in Tajikistan showed a 50% reduction in violence in targeted rural communities, increased women’s mobility and harmony in families, improved mental health, an eight-fold increase in family savings, and also contributed to the creation of more cohesive communities. In Kyrgyzstan, the methodology has been adapted to work with religious leaders and provide training to their communities.

The participants engaged in extensive discussions with representatives from Alert Offices that possess extensive experience in prevention, protection, service provision, and advocacy concerning domestic violence in their project areas. These insightful interactions provided valuable knowledge and practical strategies that can be applied to adopt the Living with Dignity methodology in Uzbekistan.

“Through co-operation, knowledge-sharing, and the implementation of best practices, we aim to make substantial strides in protecting the rights and well-being of all individuals affected by domestic violence,” said Farkhod Abdurakhmonov, Head of the Alert’s Office in Tajikistan.

Abby Motherwell, the Second Secretary on Political and Public Diplomacy Affairs of the British Embassy in Uzbekistan, said: “This study visit provided me with more information about the Living with Dignity Project. Good cooperation between different institutions and non-governmental organizations is important. There are many similarities between the countries, partners, and individual stories.

“The UK Government will continue to support activities aimed at strengthening the survivor-centred methodological response to all forms of gender-based violence.”

The success of this study visit exemplifies the spirit of co-operation and knowledge-sharing between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, demonstrating the potential for continued collaborative efforts in promoting gender equality, protecting human rights, and combating domestic violence.

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This material has been funded by UK International Development from the UK government. However, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.


This project was funded with UK International Development from the UK government.

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