Financial pressures add to commonly-held view that girls need education less than boys. Khosiat Najmiddinova’s two younger daughters may never finish school, as she sees education as a priority only for her sons. “To be honest, the children don’t have the clothes to go to school,” said the mother of six from the Tajik capital Dushanbe. “As well as clothing, they also need school stuff, and I can’t afford to provide it for all of them.”
Prof. Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, will conduct an official visit to Tajikistan, at the invitation of the Government, from 15 to 23 May 2008.
This report focuses polygamy in Tajikistan. The research was carried out by the women’s NGO “Traditions and Modernity” within the project “Providing Support to Women and Reduction of Violence Against Women in Tajikistan” supported by SDC.