Following UNiTE’s the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, we highlight women-lawyers and human rights defenders who work to end violence against women and girls around the word.
Salomat Ayozova, from Tajikistan is working for women rights since 2006, long before the establishment of NGO “Nuri Umed” in 2009. During 2006-2009 she had been listening to hundreds of stories told by lonely and marginalized women. Without any funding she had identified 494 marginalized women only in 10 villages of 2 jamoats in Penjikent district. Established database of the survey was the push for her to start looking for opportunities to support them as women have lots of limits and obstacles on her road for development: economic, social and psychological difficulties make her life hard. Salomat protects marginalized women, widows, divorced, abandoned, families having a child/children with disabilities, and unmarried over year-old ladies who live with the family of their parents and depend on the decision-makers.
She had arranged and paid on her own for the ID documents that marginalized women were not able to get in time which affects also their children that could not have birth certificates (11passports and 7 birth certificates); 5 girls entered Pedagogical College of Penjikent to become a teacher of primary class students; 3 girls entered the Medical College of Penjikent; till now she facilitated many more girls and women to receive solutions for their problems such as job opportunities, disability allowances arranged, alimonies, crafts support, gained increase for their economy, psychological support. Later from 2010 she had contributed a lot with her ideas how to make life easier for marginalized women and till now within the framework of the 5th cycle of the Project “Zan-zamin-zindagi” (translated as “Woman-land-life”) funded by Association of Friends of Nuri Umed, as a result of which 35 women have received their passports, 27 children have birth certificates. Her advocacy skills helped parents of CWD to benefit from the rights, 9 persons with disabilities including 5 CWD have access to wheelchairs, 11 CWD started attending general schools.
With her efforts the Center for supporting women “Nuri Umed” had been established in August 2009. It has been a big hope for women with its leader Salomat Ayozova and continue many years in future as center for support, place for hopes and benefits for marginalized women, CWD and PWD.