Seeking Happiness


CIS, Central and East Asia, Why Women Count

uzbek1Nuria Turiyeva campaigns against the disturbing new rise in bigamy in Uzbekistan. As Deputy head of the Uzbek Women’s Association, she tries to let women know that bigamy – under Uzbekistan’s Constitution as well as its Family, Labour and Criminal Codes – is illegal, punishable by three years in jail. But some Uzbek men now see taking a second wife as a symbol of power and prosperity. Economic dependency means first wives have little say in decisions, because, as Nuria says, “in Uzbekistan the majority of women don’t know their rights. They are not aware of the law.”

Production: Producer Mukhayyo Kurbanova

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