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Turkmenistan parliamentarians learn about child development policies in Sweden

UNICEF Turkmenistan/2004/Pirozzi
© UNICEF Turkmenistan/2004/Pirozzi

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 12 June 2006 – The Turkmenistan delegation comprising of four parliamentarians, including the Deputy Speaker, recently visited Stockholm to study the practices of planning for children and women at the Swedish Parliament and some other governmental and non-governmental institutions that work in the area of children’s development policy. The study tour was organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in close collaboration with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign affairs and hosted by the Swedish Institute.

Mejlis members had an extensive programme visiting the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Women’s Shelter at Solna Municipality, Children’s Rights in Society, non-governmental organization “BRIS”, Office of the Children’s Ombudsman, and schools, preschools, and Family Health Centre at Botkyrka Municipality. 

“Our goal in visiting Sweden was to see how the Swedish Parliament and other institutions work to promote and protect the child’s rights”, said Maral Paltayeva, Medjlis member from the Socioeconomic committee. “Surely the study tour has equipped four of us with useful information that we will share with our colleagues from Medjlis and will apply to our every day work”, she added. 

It is expected that tour participants will conduct a round table discussion with other Mejlis members and media on the outcomes of the visit to Sweden as well as will explore the opportunities to establish the parliamentary child’s rights monitoring system In Turkmenistan.
 
Globally, UNICEF works with the International Union of Parliamentarians (IPU) to help to introduce better development policies and laws geared toward children’s and women’s well being. UNICEF advocates for protection of children’s rights and strives for establishing those rights as international standards towards children.  


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Shohrat Orazov
UNICEF Social Policy Project Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/86/86
Fax: +99312 420830
Email: sorazov@unicef.org

Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/86/86
Fax: +99312 420830
Email: gsoltanova@unicef.org
Web: http://www.unicef.org/turkmenistan

 

 
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