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International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. More

Women in rural Kyrgyzstan bring change through water, technology and better infrastructure

Monday, March 4, 2019

Shakhodat Teshebayeva from Khalmion, a village in southern Kyrgyzstan bordering Uzbekistan, is 50 years old and the sole breadwinner of her family. Her income comes from farming, working for 8-10 long hours in the fields every day. She doesn’t shy away from the hard work, but lately, the hard has become impossible, because of the growing water crisis. More

Take Five: “We must develop a systematic approach to change patriarchal cultural norms”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Altynai Omurbekova is the Vice Prime Minister on social affairs in the Kyrgyz Republic and a former Member of Parliament. Ms. Omurbekova promoted the issues of improving the quality of education in universities through the introduction of new approaches to the student evaluation system and improving access to high-quality medical services through advancing the health insurance system. She is the co-author of the new law on protection from domestic violence, which changes domestic violence from an administrative offense to a criminal offense, and many other policies related to social affairs. Ms. Omurbekova recently spoke at the regional conference “Turning policies into action: Eliminating gender-based violence against women and girls in Central Asia,” organized by UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA, in partnership with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. More

Press Release: Central Asian governments call for the elimination of violence against women and girls

Monday, November 5, 2018

More than 60 government and parliamentary representatives from Central Asia gathered at a United Nations regional conference in Bishkek on 5 November to discuss holistic strategies to combat all forms of violence against women and girls in Central Asia. More

Kyrgyz and Tajik youth work together for peace and gender equality

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

After training at a summer camp, youth activists get busy promoting sustainable development, gender equality, natural resources management and peace on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border More

Boosting regional cooperation for the empowerment of Afghan women

Monday, September 10, 2018

On 5 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the European Union hosted the regional conference 'Empowering Women in Afghanistan’ in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. More

From where I stand: “We learned how to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner, transforming them into positive solutions”

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many. She is mobilizing women in her community to advocate for equal access to water, and because of her work, several women now serve on local water management councils. More

From Where I Stand: “The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dilera Mavlonova thought it was unfair that women and girls shouldered the responsibility of providing water for their homes in her village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, often by travelling longs distances and carrying heavy loads. After receiving awareness-raising and advocacy skills from UN Women’s My Safe and Peaceful School course, she decided to take action in her community and raise awareness about the various issues faced by women and girls in providing water for their homes and the community. More

Press Release: Addressing the water needs of rural communities in Kyrgyzstan

Monday, June 18, 2018

A UN Women project, funded by the Government of Finland, improved access of 20,000 people, including 3,000 from vulnerable groups, to irrigation water in Kyrgyzstan More

UN statement on bride kidnapping and child marriage

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The United Nations System in Kyrgyzstan is concerned about the crime reported in the media when a victim of bride-kidnapping was murdered by her abductor. UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan are calling on Kyrgyzstani authorities to take all appropriate measures to stop such practices and fulfil its domestic legislation and international treaties that the country has joined. More

Speech by UN Women Chief of Peace and Security Unit, Paivi Kannisto at High-Level International Conference on "Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism"

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Remarks delivered by UN Women Chief of Peace and Security Unit, Paivi Kannisto at High-Level International Conference on "Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism", seeking to raise awareness on the added value of applying a gender responsive approach to the prevention of violent extremism. The high-level international conference took place on 5 May in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. More

Press Release: Changing Behavior to End Violence against Women and Girls in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A new three-year project funded by the European Union to end violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan started out on 10 April 2018 in Bishkek. More

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Thursday, March 8, 2018

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women’s achievements, activism and potential in Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. From important social and digital campaigns, panels, seminars and press conferences to engaging the international community and members states with discussions around gender equality at key international meetings, here are some highlights from the occasion in our region. More

Youth in rural Kyrgyzstan champion gender equality and access to clean water

Friday, March 2, 2018

To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan. The project, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s self-help groups from marginalized communities, to empower local communities and enhance equal access to natural resources. More

Youth in rural Kyrgyzstan champion gender equality and access to clean water

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan since 2015. The project, titled “Securing livelihoods for vulnerable women, men and children”, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s self-help groups from marginalized communities, to empower local communities and enhance equal access to natural resources. More

Press release: OK Live will feature anonymous streaming in support of global campaign against gender-based violence

Thursday, November 23, 2017

OK and UN Women will bring anonymous live-streaming to the OK Live app for one day on Saturday, 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The participants will be able to record anonymously their personal stories and share how they have taken action and what needs to be done to end violence against women and girls. More

In the words of Ainuru Altybaeva: “Bride kidnapping is not a tradition, it’s a crime”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women’s empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls women’s movement, coordinated and led by UN Women in Kyrgyzstan. More

Press Release: Parliamentarians from Eastern Europe and Central Asia join forces to reduce barriers against women’s participation in public life

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Around 90 parliamentarians, local elected officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Chișinău to identify how to solve some of the most pressing issues challenging women’s rights and their full participation in all spheres of life. More

In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

Monday, August 7, 2017

A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages. More

Women should play key roles in conflict prevention in Central Asia say experts

Thursday, June 22, 2017

“The role of women and youth in conflict prevention in Central Asia,” event was organized by the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in cooperation with UN Women Multi-country Office in Central Asia and the Regional Office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. More

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