FEMALE LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN UZBEKISTAN: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Keywords:status of Uzbek women, gender equality, female educational leadership,, development of female leadership, Uzbekistan
Although women are generally considered good leaders and educators, they are not always the ones who occupy leadership positions in various fields, which is the case in many countries around the world and also in Uzbekistan. The aim of the paper is to examine the significance of women leaders in education in the context of Uzbekistan which is a developing country that is striving to succeed in many areas by improving the quality of education. The study reflects on the status of Uzbek women in society, including the self-perception of their rights in the family and society, the importance of female leadership, and the role of female leaders in higher education. On the basis of the presented analysis, the opportunities and challenges of female leadership in field of higher education in Uzbekistan are discussed. The paper concludes with recommendations for further development of women leadership in higher education. The considerations presented in the paper are thus guided by the following research questions: "What is the status of women in the society of Uzbekistan?", "Are women encouraged to take leadership positions in Uzbekistan?", "What problems need to be addressed to develop the field of 'female leadership in education' in Uzbekistan?" The paper explores these questions by reviewing the relevant literature published internationally and in the country. The findings of the study and the recommendations can contribute to the development of gender equality and female leadership in education in Uzbekistan.