Turkmenistan parliamentarians learn about child development policies in Sweden
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.
Mr. Shohrat Orazov