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This is the introductory chapter of the book which focuses on a gender analysis of the status of, and prospects for, women in the changing society of Uzbekistan. It allows the reader to get to grips with the author's own opinions on the processes which are shaping Uzbek society, as well as the contribution of women and their role in these processes. The book offers an analysis of certain tendencies in social life in Uzbekistan and talks about various portraits of individual women who represent the past, the present and the future. The book makes the reader to understand these women, and compare her life with their lives. It also makes the reader reflect on herself/himself. The book summarizes various events, to look back into our history, to find sources and to follow the causal relations of events with society, in order to evaluate this society through a woman's eyes.

Keywords: gender analysis; social life; Uzbekistan; women's status



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