9 AM – 10.50 AM (GMT) 8 December 2021, a workshop on “Civil Society and the Pandemic: Perspectives from Eurasia and the Caucasus”, University of Portsmouth, online event.
1 December 2021, 53rd ASEEES Annual Convention on the theme “Diversity, Intersectionality, Interdisciplinarity”, virtual panel “Spectacle, Complaint, and Representation: Disability Advocacy from the late-Soviet Period to the Present in Russia and Central Asia” chaired by Dr Cassandra Hartblay and discussant Dr Anna Klepikova. I did a presentation on “The Legacy of Soviet Disability Organising as a Barrier for Grassroots and Cross-Disability Movement in Uzbekistan”.
27 October 2021, Public discussion on “Urban planning norms and rules, taking into account the needs of persons with disabilities and people with limited mobility” organised by the Association of Disabled People of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Construction of the Republic of Uzbekistan and UNDP Uzbekistan, “The role of disabled people’s organisations in overseeing the implementation of Planning Rules and Regulations (SHNK)”.
14 October 2021, National Consultations on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Republic of Uzbekistan organised by the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan, “Promotion of Inclusive Employment of Disabled People in Uzbekistan: Problems and Recommendations”.
30 September 2021, International Public Discussion on the “Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Uzbekistan” supported by the European Union through the European Facility for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and implemented by the International Commission of Lawyers (ICJ).
12 August 2021, The World Conference on Youth Rights on the theme “Involving Youth in Global Action”, Parallel Session B Young People’s Access to Decent and Productive Employment, “Promoting disability inclusive employment in Uzbekistan: challenges and solutions”.
28 June 2021, Webster University in Tashkent, a virtual seminar hosted by Steve Swerdlow, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and a regional expert of Uzbekistan, as part of his 5-week summer course “International Relations: Current Issues in Human Rights” I did a presentation on the theme “Is Disability a Human Rights Issue in Uzbekistan?”
23 June 2021, Redressing religious inequality for people with disability, Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
19 March 2021, The practical workshop “E-Learning: Opportunities for Effective Communications” organised by IWPR, Cabar.asia and the American University of Central Asia, conducted a virtual guest lecture on academic learning in British Universities for students in Turkmenistan titled “My Learning and Teaching Experience in the UK”.
2 March 2021, seminar of the scientific and educational group at the Higher School of Economics “Inclusive society: a comparative analysis of structural conditions and opinions of insiders in Russia and neighbouring countries” on “Inclusive education in Uzbekistan: politics, practice, opinion of key actors” (in Russian).
23 February 2021, the international conference on the employment of disabled people in Uzbekistan organised by the Arts and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, “The UK experience in the employment of disabled people”.
8 February 2021, the international conference “Address of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) – A new stage of the civil society development in Uzbekistan” and the National Festival of Civil Society Activists, a session on the theme “The role of NGOs in the development in inclusive education in Uzbekistan”.
3 December 2020, Roundtable dedicated to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the theme “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 in Uzbekistan”, “How has the pandemic affected the employment of disabled people in Uzbekistan?”
1 August 2020, American Councils for International Education Uzbekistan, a webinar on “Inclusive education: How to combat ableism in Uzbekistan” dedicated to the 30th anniversary of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
3 July 2020, The Role of Education in Preventing Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan, Webinar in Uzbek organised by an online media outlet ‘Uzbekistan with a Female Voice’ . What is domestic violence? What are the negative consequences of it? What are the barriers to women’s education? Disabled women are at higher risk of becoming victims of domestic violence and it is more difficult for them to seek help. Are there any effective projects in Uzbekistan to promote gender equality? You can watch the recording here.
27 May 2020, NGOs in Uzbekistan and the impact of COVID-19 on their work, Webinar in Uzbek organised by Ijtimoiy Tadbirkorlik Maktabi (School of Social Entrepreneurship). The recording of the webinar is available here. I talked about the difference between systemic and self-initiated NGOs in Uzbekistan, trends and events in civil society during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of strict quarantine measures on the development of the third sector. The main message is that the government of Uzbekistan centralised and monopolised charity allocation through a single government-organised public fund and the Sponsorship Coordination Centre while the activities of volunteer groups and civil society organisations were restricted.
5 May 2020, Republican scientific-practical online conference “Medical and social aspects of improving the quality of life of disabled people,” Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, National University of Uzbekistan. Together with the chairperson of NGO Sharoit Plus Muhabbat Rahimova, we did a presentation in Uzbek titled Increasing social activity of women with physical impairments through participatory video.
15 June 2019, UWED International Workshop for Young Researchers on the theme of “Sustainable Future & Good Governance: Conceptual Approaches”, Disability and Development in Uzbekistan: how to leave no one behind? University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
18 March 2019, Second Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation Agenda, research outline presentation, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.
7-8 May 2018, Wellbeing and Migration: Inter-Asian Perspectives, Koç University Center for Asian Studies (KUASIA), presentation, Istanbul, Turkey.
9 May 2018, First UCL Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability: Disability between academic and research practice: breaking barriers towards a just and equal world, poster presentation, London, UK.
28-29 June 2018, INGO Buyuk Kelajak International Forum “Development Strategy of Uzbekistan until 2035”, Strategic session on improving the standard of living and social protection of the population, Alternative approaches to social inclusion of disabled people in Uzbekistan (in Russian), Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
31 August – 3 September 2018, First Asia Deafblind Conference, interpreter for participants from Uzbekistan: a deafblind woman Sojida Tadjieva “My life experience as Deafblind in Uzbekistan” and Guzal Shodieva, Director of the Cultural Centre of the Deaf in Tashkent city “Situation of persons with deafblindness in Uzbekistan and work of Tashkent Cultural Center for the Deaf”.
8-9 November 2018, 7th PhD Conference on International Development, Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany, research outline presentation.
16 November 2018, BEARR Trust Annual Conference 2018 on the theme of “Disability and Inclusion in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”, Exploring the Potentials of Community-based Inclusive Development with Disabled People in Uzbekistan, London, UK. (check the BEARR Newsletter No 72, January 2019 to read more about the conference).