Press Release

UNFPA and USAID Join Efforts to Foster Family Counseling in Turkmenistan

16 November 2022

  • UNFPA Country Office in Turkmenistan and USAID’s Governance Support Program gave a start to a two-day training of trainers (TOT) for Turkmenistan’s Civil Registration Offices (CROs). The TOT will help prepare trainers to pilot an approach to family therapy that includes training and counseling for young couples on topics including family values, gender equality, gender-based violence, and reproductive rights.

In Turkmenistan, UNFPA and USAID work with the Government and partners to develop comprehensive mechanisms and systems to empower women and promote gender equality. With the strategic support from UNFPA, Turkmenistan Government has been implementing the 2021-2025 National Action Plan for Gender Equality (NAPGE) which outlines practical steps to ensure gender equality in Turkmenistan. Among other solutions, this includes support to build capacity of national institutions and professionals on ways to address gender equality issues.

“USAID joins efforts with UNFPA in a long-standing commitment to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment,” said Nino Nadiradze, USAID Country Representative to Turkmenistan. “This TOT builds on  recent efforts of the two agencies and the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan to promote family values, gender equality and to help young couples to form and maintain strong and healthy family relationships,” she added.

This TOT has already been conducted in Mary velayat and is planned to be conducted in Lebap velayat which were selected for the piloting stage.  As an outcome, representatives of Civil Registration Offices (CROs) and local CSOs in Ashgabat city, Lebap and Mary velayats will start providing training and advise young couples about creating strong, harmonious, healthy families to promote positive social and family norms, reproductive rights, and the prevention of gender-based violence.

For more information please contact:

Mehri Karakulova, National Programme Analyst for Gender and Youth at

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