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Silly Dictator Story #7: 1,000 Weddings In Uzbekistan (Whether You Like It Or Not)

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Gulnara Karimova is already a singer, composer, fashion designer, professor, diplomat, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Now, the daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov can add wedding party organizer to her overflowing list of "achievements."

2012 has been declared the “Year of a Strong Family” in Uzbekistan, and Karimova is lending her party planning expertise to the government’s family-oriented campaign through the “1,000 Weddings and 1,000 Circumcisions” project organized by her charity organization, Fund Forum.

Partnered with high-profile organizations like UNESCO, UNDP, and the British Council, Fund Forum says the mass weddings and circumcision events are organized for the sake of orphans and young couples from low-income families. At one such ceremony in March, a total of 123 couples were married and 200 boys circumcised in mass ceremonies in Uzbekistan’s Navoi and Kashkadarya regions.

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Silly Dictator Story #7: 1,000 Weddings In Uzbekistan (Whether You Like It Or Not)

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