Women: Turkmenistan’s second-class citizens
In cooperation with local activists, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee has submitted an alternative report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s (CEDAW) 53 Session on 11 October, where Turkmenistan will be heard in Geneva.
The report outlines the challenging conditions for women in the closed country, where women are subject to extensive discrimination
in the labour sphere and society in general, and suffer from very poor healthcare services. The alternative report gives a
picture in stark contrast to the rather positive evaluation of the situation of women to be found in the report submitted
by the government of Turkmenistan in March 2011, available here.
The local authors of the report have carried out impressive research under difficult circumstances – severe repression of independent civil society and lack of reliable official data. The NHC will also be present in Geneva to present the report.