As a result of the call for proposals launched on May 24, 2017, the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan selected two new projects for the implementation: "Advancing Civil SoCiety in promoting Escr StandardS (ACCESS)" and "Advancing women’s rights through enhanced protection and self-employment" within the European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR). Grant contracts have been signed with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Switzerland and ACTED (France).
The Project "Advancing Civil SoCiety in promoting Escr StandardS (ACCESS)", which is focusing on strengthening the role of Civil Society actors in Uzbekistan, will involve human rights defenders, lawyers, legal scholars and independent experts to improve the understanding and promotion of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, as well as the role of judges and the courts in the protection of these rights.
The ACCESS Project with 36 months (3 years) of duration will be implemented by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Switzerland.
The Project "Advancing women’s rights through enhanced protection and self-employment" will be implemented by ACTED (France) and will last 24 months, and aimed at strengthening the role of women (especially of rural women) civil society organisations (CSOs) in promoting human rights, gender equality and good governance in Uzbekistan.
In addition, consistently with the “Action Strategy for further development of Uzbekistan”, the Project will promote job-creation and the socio-economic empowerment of rural women. It is also envisaged, that the Project will contribute to the prevention of domestic violence (DV) through enhanced advocacy capacities and by protecting the economic and social rights of women.