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SPECA Thematic Working Group on Gender and SDGs

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 Working Group on Gender and Economy was set up in 2006 with a membership covering Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

In 2018, the SPECA Working Group decided to change its name to “Thematic Working Group on Gender and SDGs” to align the focus of the sub-regional cooperation on gender equality and the empowerment of women to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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. 

Past Working Group Meetings