The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Turkmenistan and the Government Support Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are conducting training of trainers for the Civil Registry Offices of Turkmenistan (ZAGS).
The trainers will learn the skills of family therapy, which includes teaching and counseling young couples on topics such as family values, promotion of positive social and family norms , gender equality and reproductive rights, Turkmenistan: Golden Age reported November 17.
The training of trainers has already been held in Mary velayat and will be organized in Lebap velayat.
USAID Representative in Turkmenistan Nino Nadiradze noted that the trainings are aimed at building and maintaining strong and healthy family relationships.
In early September, Turkmenistan presented a hard-hitting study (prepared with the support of UNFPA) on domestic violence, according to which every eighth woman in the country was subjected to physical or sexual violence.
A few weeks later, the newspaper “Neutral Turkmenistan” published a text entitled “Education by wisdom or features of family pedagogy”, dedicated to Turkmen daughters-in-law. Its author wrote that “in a Turkmen family, a daughter-in-law must understand without words what to do, predict desires by her gaze, understand gestures, and be smart.”
Read more about the possible reasons for the increased interest on the part of the authorities in the behavior of women in the article “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” – “National traditions and modern norms. The world has not understood Berdymukhammedov’s concern for women.”
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan