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

22 June 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

30 May 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

10 May 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”

20 February 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

08 February 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

02 February 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

27 December 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

15 December 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

09 August 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

29 July 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

23 May 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

10 March 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

09 March 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

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

15 February 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

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

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

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

25 August 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

Gender Summer School kicks off in Kyrgyzstan

20 August 2015

The UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan launched its Academic Gender Summer School in Ashuu, Chui oblast. Running from 12-20 August, the Summer School aims to develop national gender capacity in Kyrgyzstan and support gender equality in Kyrgyz media, education, research and public institutions. More

Saving lives through scientific research

01 April 2015

Asel Sartbaeva is one of the first internationally recognized female scientists from Central Asia. Her research aims to discover a substance to aid in transport and storage of vaccines without refrigeration, a major issue in disease prevention globally. She was short listed for the L’OREAL-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship for her work in vaccine preservation and is one of the 175 Faces of Chemistry, a prestigious professional organization in the UK. Successfully navigating the male dominated fields of chemistry and physics, she is currently a Royal Research Fellow at the University of Bath in the UK. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

11 December 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

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