On Wednesday, February 29th, 2012, Uzbek Ombudsman Sayora Rashidova and Slovenian Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik participated in a round table conducted as EU and US AID cost share activity of Regional Dialogue and ABA ROLI devoted to the rights of children and women. The event was devoted to present Uzbek and international expereinces, related to family issues, since 2012 has been declared the Year of the Family. The round table was attended by more than 80 senior government representatives, including chairmen of both Supreme and Constitutional Courts, Ministry of Justice, General Prosecutors and Ministry of Interior senior offials, National HR Center, Presidential administration, Ministries of Health and Education, Chamber of Lawyers, Women's Committee, Trade Union, non govenrmental organizations, media and international organizations, such as OSCE, UNICEFF, NDI, UNDP. Guest keynote speakers were US Ambassador George Krol and EU Ambassador Norbert Jousten, and on behalf of organizers Ombudsman Sayora Rashidova and Regional Dialogue Director Mjusa Sever, followed by presentations of Uzbek senior government officials and speakers from Uzbek non governmental institutions, and by Slovenian Ombudsman dr. Zdenka Cebasek Travnik and Ivan Abrams who presented international experiences in family, women's and children's rights. The event was very informative, and also included active discussions and sharing of views among participants during several panels, while informal exchanges continued during the break. Uzbek media extensively covered the event.
On February 27, 28, 2012, at Tashkent Palace Hotel, Regional Dialogue in cooperation with Mrs. Sayora Rashidova - Ombudsman of Uzbekistan, conducted a training workshop for Ombudsman's representatives from 4 Uzbek regions and the inter-agency working group. More than 60 participants attended the workshop on both days, actively participating in a very dynamic sharing of experiences with Slovenian Ombudsman Mrs. Zdenka Čebašek Travnik, Janez Rupar, police human rights expert from Slovenia, and Ivan Abrams, Regional Country Director of American Bar Association for the Rule of Law program. The activity has been conducted as cost share of Regional Dialogue's EU funded project »Human Rights Dialogue in Uzbekistan« and US AID.
On February 8th, 2012, EU Special Representative for Central Asia Mr. Pierre Morel visited a training workshop for mahalla activists, one of many that Regional Dialogue conducts around Uzbekistan as part of its EU funded project activities within its project »Human Rights Dialogue in Uzbekistan«. Mr. Morel engaged in dynamic discussion with workshop participants and shared his views and experiences of Uzbekistan, dating back to mid 70s. The training took place in Samarkand, one of the historic cities of Uzbekistan which is becoming a very popular tourist destination also for many European visitors.