Progress in women's economic advancement is especially relevant for countries in Central Asia and Caucasus, where women's economic position has deteriorated since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) aims to strengthen sub-regional cooperation between Central Asian countries and their integration into the world economy. The SPECA Project Working Group on Gender and Economy was set up in 2006 with a membership covering Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
In line with its Terms of Reference (ENG, RUS) the group focuses on gender and economy issues, exchanges good practices in mainstreaming gender into economic policies, develops national projects in selected areas and promotes cross-sectional linkages and synergies with other relevant areas of SPECA activities such as statistics, trade and information and communication technologies. Read more about current activities in the Work Plan 2010-2011 (ENG, RUS).
Past Working Group Meetings
- Meeting of the SPECA Working Group on Gender and Economy
Geneva, 20 September 2011
- Ad Hoc of the SPECA Project Working Group on Gender and Economy
Geneva, 4 November 2009
- Ad Hoc Meeting of the SPECA Project Working Group on Gender and Economy
Berlin, 12 November 2007
- Second Meeting of SPECA Project Working Group on Gender and Economy
Geneva, 9-11 July 2007
- Ad Hoc Meeting on SPECA Working Group on Gender and Economy
Geneva, 8-9 December 2005