Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, recently signed a decree on February 7th, aiming to support proposals to establish the prestigious Zulfiya State Prize. This significant development opens up new opportunities for girls in Uzbekistan, as they will now be eligible to receive this esteemed award for their outstanding achievements in information technology.


The Zulfiya State Prize is presented annually on International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th, and it comes with not only a distinguished badge but also a remarkable remuneration equivalent to 50 times the minimum wage. This generous monetary reward seeks to acknowledge the exceptional contributions of talented young women in information technology and inspire them to continue pursuing excellence in their chosen path.

Moreover, the deserving winners of this prestigious prize will be granted direct admission to higher education institutions without the need for examinations. This progressive initiative aims to remove barriers and create equal opportunities for talented girls to pursue higher education and further enhance their knowledge and skills. By providing direct admission, the government of Uzbekistan demonstrates its commitment to empowering talented women and fostering their educational pursuits.

To streamline the process and ensure fairness, a dedicated commission for this state award has been established under the Family and Women’s Committee, which operates voluntarily. This committee is headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, who also serves as the Chairman of the Family and Women’s Committee.

Business meeting
Business meeting

The commission, comprised of experts from various fields, will thoroughly review the submitted documents. These documents should demonstrate the applicants’ exemplary activities and remarkable achievements in various fields such as education, science, literature, culture, art, sports, information technology, and public engagement over the past three years. It is worth mentioning that this duration has been extended from the previous two-year requirement, allowing for a more comprehensive evaluation of the candidate’s accomplishments.

This initiative is part of a broader effort by the Uzbekistani government to empower women by providing them with access to modern professions and encouraging their active participation in competitions, projects, and internships. The government strives to enable women to thrive and contribute to the nation’s progress in diverse fields by creating an inclusive and supportive environment.

The establishment of the Zulfiya State Prize and the opportunities it brings for talented girls in Uzbekistan represent a significant step towards recognizing and celebrating their valuable contributions in the information technology field while promoting gender equality and fostering women’s success in various domains.