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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

From housewives to local councils, rural women in Kyrgyzstan shift gears

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In villages across Kyrgyzstan, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods after completing leadership and skills training programmes. Most of the participants are now running small-scale businesses and some have joined local councils to shape laws and policies. More

New progressive law on domestic violence adopted in Kyrgyzstan

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recently adopted law on domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan aims to improve protection measures for survivors, simplifies reporting procedures and introduces behaviour correction for perpetrators. More

In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

National Forum in Kyrgyzstan calls for gender quotas in local councils

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

With support from UN Women, 30 newly elected women meet at the 1st Forum of Women-Deputies of Local Councils to seek ways to increase women’s political participation across the country. More

Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In 2016, 28 women were successfully trained to participate in and collaborate on various cross-border issues, including disputes over shared natural resources. More

Peace project in Kyrgyzstan teaches respect for rights and diversity

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A UN Women project funded by the UN Peace and Recovery Facility has raised awareness about gender-based violence, respect for rights and diversity, and the importance of local conflict analysis in Kyrgyzstan More

From where I stand: Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova and Aigul Alybaeva

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova is participating in a school-based education programme to empower girls, initiate inter-generational dialogues to change attitudes and to end bride kidnapping, early and/or forced marriages. Her mother, Aigul Alybaeva, supports her daughter’s participation in the programme and talks with her about various issues, including violence against women and girls. More

Stopping bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A programme from the National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan, supported by a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, has introduced the first-ever curriculum on gender-based violence in Kyrgyz language in schools in rural Kyrgyzstan. More

Summer school promotes gender equality and women's rights in Kyrgyzstan

Friday, July 29, 2016

Government ministry and agency representatives meet to increased their gender equality knowledge, review international commitments and promote women’s empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic. More

Executive Boards of six UN agencies visit Kyrgyzstan

Monday, May 23, 2016

In Kyrgyzstan on 9 May, representatives of the Executive Boards of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF and WFP completed a week-long Joint Field Visit to analyse how United Nations’ organizations contribute to national development priorities. More

Gender equality champions march for women's rights in Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, March 10, 2016

To mark International Women’s Day, UN Women and young gender equality champions joined gender activists and civil society organizations in a march organized by the UNiTE movement to draw public attention to the situation of women in the Kyrgyz Republic and call all everyone to “Step it Up” by taking concrete actions to advance gender equality. More

International Women's Day in Europe and Central Asia

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

On and around 8 March 2016, countries across the Europe and Central Asia region will join the global call for a Planet 50-50 by 2030. In honour of International Women’s Day, UN Women is organizing a series of diverse, high-profile events in the region, where ordinary citizens, government officials, activists, students, security personnel, scholars and stock exchange officials will be among those who commit to “Stepping It Up for Gender Equality.” More

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

Monday, February 15, 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

Peace activists call for more women in peace negotiations and the security sector

Monday, February 15, 2016

Civil society representatives from Europe and Central Asia say more measures are needed for more women to have leadership roles in peace negotiations and in the security sector. More

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

Sunday, September 27, 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

UN football team in Kyrgyzstan oranges their game in support of the UNiTE Campaign

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UN staff members in Kyrgyzstan joined the football tournament devoted to Independence Day, which is celebrated on 31 August annually, with orange uniforms in support of UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. The tournament was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and took place on 21 August 2015. More

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