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Role of the Ombudsperson’s Office in Protecting Women's Rights and Promoting Gender Equality Discussed at OSCE Seminar in Turkmenistan


On 29 July 2022, the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat organized an online seminar on the role of the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in protecting women’s rights and promoting gender equality.


The event brought together representatives from the Office of the Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan with the aim to explore and discuss functions of the Ombudsperson’s Offices in other OSCE participating States and exchange practical experiences.


The discussions were led by speakers from the Office of the People`s Advocate of Moldova (Office of the Ombudsperson of Moldova), who presented legal instruments and mechanisms for the protection of women’s rights and promotion of gender equality.


They also discussed the role of the Office of the People's Advocate in the protection and promotion of human rights in the Republic of Moldova and strengthening co-operation between NHRIs and national state bodies and civil society.


“Working for peace, security and prosperity requires that all the people in a society are included and their rights protected,” said Rune Castberg, officer in charge of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.


“OSCE participating States are therefore strongly committed to making gender equality a reality everywhere – at home and in public life, in politics and the military, in the economic and environmental spheres, in every realm of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” added Castberg.