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From where I stand: “I had minimized my interactions with men since I was eighteen to avoid rape”

03 March 2017

Gulzada Serzhan shares the damaging impact of sexual harassment at work place and the heightened risk faced by women of alternative sexualities. More

Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”

27 February 2017

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, which places gender equality at the heart of good business practices. Mr. Baitassov has also joined UN Women’s HeforShe campaign. More

Leading Kazakh restaurant chain serves more than food for thought

01 December 2016

There’s no place for prejudice or discrimination at Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain, the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, which place gender equality at the heart of good business practices. More

From where I stand: Natalia Minayeva

30 November 2016

On World AIDS Day, we highlight the story of Natalia Minayeva from Kazakhstan, who was imprisoned in the so-called “AIDS barracks” and now works to protect the rights of HIV-positive women. More

A street lawyer with HIV finds meaning for herself helping others

27 October 2016

A former drug user once jailed for being HIV-positive, Natalia Minayeva now helps other women on behalf of the Eurasian Network of Women Living with HIV. More

Kazakhstan’s non-state domestic violence crisis centres seek funding

13 October 2016

Under-funded and facing huge demand for their services, non-state domestic violence centres offer women anonymity, confidentiality and comprehensive housing, psychological, legal and social support. More

Stopping sexual violence impunity in Kazakhstan

25 August 2016

Participants at a UN Women event – Life free from fear: Stop rape impunity – provide law makers with concrete steps to end sexual violence in Kazakhstan. More

Don't Keep Silent shines a light on sexual assaults in Kazakhstan

11 August 2016

Inspired by nationwide campaign that led thousands of women to tell their tales of sexual assault, UN Women MCO Kazakhstan holds an important advocacy training workshop More

Astana Economic Forum highlights women's empowerment as a key driver of economic growth

31 May 2016

Achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women are essential for economic growth, agreed leading economic experts and representatives of governments, financial institutions and international organizations at this year’s Astana Economic Forum. More

Regional gathering helps foster women’s solidarity in their push for peace in Europe and Central Asia

15 February 2016

UN Women convenes government representatives, civil society activists and international institutions in Istanbul to increase regional cooperation for women’s participation in peace and security, and to end gender discrimination More

Central Asian Fathers Are HeForShe...and want others to be, too

23 October 2015

Fighting for their daughters and for gender equality everywhere, Central Asian fathers post their hopes for the future and call on others to join UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. More

30 Member States in Europe and Central Asia commit to Gender Equality

27 September 2015

Albania: Prime Minister Edi Rama “The Government that I lead has placed gender equality at the centre of its agenda … I’ll outline very briefly three aspects of this challenge facing Albanian society by promising at the same time an effective engagement of all institutions responsible for the implementation. First: economic empowerment of women through increasing and improving access to credits, as well as promotion and expansion of employment programmes for women... More

Inspiring and advocating for women living with HIV in Kazakhstan

24 April 2015

In the face of quickly rising rates of HIV infection in Central Asia, UN Women is supporting a network of women living with HIV in Kazakhstan and increasing their role in decision-making. More

Government-NGO Dialogue & NGO Strategy Planning Meeting Towards Effective Implementation of Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

04 December 2014

UN-Women and IWRAW (International Women’s Rights Action Watch, Asia Pacific) in Collaboration with NGO Women with University Education, Tajikistan and Legal Centre for Women’s Initiatives “Sana Sezim”, Kazakhstan have organized a Government-NGO Dialogue and NGO Strategy Planning Meeting “Towards Effective Implementation of CEDAW” More

Statement made by Ms. Elaine Conkievich, Head of UN Women MCO Central Asia, at the Launch of UNHCR Global campaign to end statelessness in 10 years.

05 November 2014

We conducted recently in Almaty regional consultations with all five countries of Central Asia to discuss progress achieved by countries on the enforcement of Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995. Because of the consultations, a set of practical recommendations for states to enforce their gender equality commitments was developed and is being presented this week in Geneva. The recommendations highlight a need to overcome statelessness in the region by setting 2020 as a clear deadline for resolving the issue of persons without citizenship and irregular migrants from a human rights perspective. UN Women is proud to be a partner of UNHCR in this important campaign and we look forward to everyone dedicated contribution to ending statelessness. More

Central Asia Sub-Regional Consultation on Beijing+20

31 October 2014

On 22-23 October 2014 Almaty hosted Consultative Meeting to review progress on Beijing Platform for Action (1995) in Central Asia. This event is an important preparatory stage to the upcoming regional inter-governmental review and non-governmental forums in Bangkok and Geneva. More

Statement of Ms. Elaine Conkievich, Head of UN Women MCO Central Asia, on the occassion of UN Day celebration in Kazakhstan

24 October 2014

Ms. Elaine Conkievich, Head of UN Women MCO Central Asia, gave a speech on the occasion of UN Day celebration in Kazakhstan. More

Breaking new ground, she rides ahead

02 September 2014

Gulzhan Kokbayeva, age 27, is the only female engineer for the first subway system in Kazakhstan, a country known for housing the first space launch complex in the world, the Baikonur Cosmodrome. More

With sewing and sowing, self-reliance blooms in Central Asia

31 August 2014

A regional migration programme ensures more than 5,000 families of migrant labourers in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have received training, resources and micro-credit loans to become self-reliant entrepreneurs. More

Forging a new path, she flies high

27 May 2014

Yevgeniya Goncharova creates an unfamiliar sight on the tarmac, as she goes about her daily job. At the age of 25, she flies planes, serving as a pilot for one of the biggest airline in Central Asia. One among a handful of women in a male-dominated field is how she is known not only in Kazakhstan where she is based, but also in the region. More

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