10/14/11 (AEIN) A representative of Tajikistan's government has told the U.N. General Assembly that his country has made significant progress toward gender equality in various fields. However, he stated that Tajikistan requires foreign aid to fully achieve gender equality, the National Information Agency reported on Thursday.
Representative Khusrav Noziri explained that Tajikistan had improved access to education for women and increased the age of marriage to 18, among other steps. At the same time, he stated that much more needed to be done to reduce the number of women living in poverty and reduce the rate of mortality among mothers.
Women hold eleven of sixty-three parliament seats in Tajikistan. The ability to vote and run for office was attained by women in 1924, according to the Inter-Paliamentary Union (IPU); women gained this right in Mongolia and Kazahkstan during the same year. Tajikistan is located in Central Asia and was formerly part of the Soviet Union.