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On November 1-2, UN Women Kyrgyzstan hosted the “Women's Entrepreneurship Exhibition EXPO 2022 in Bishkek. At the event, over 60 women entrepreneurs from all over the country presented their products to the public and met with potential investors. The exhibition was hosted as a satellite event of the regional Women’s Entrepreneurship EXPO to be held virtually on 16-17 November.
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On 21-22 August, women leaders, politicians and civil servants from all provinces of Kyrgyzstan gathered at the second National Forum Women's Leadership – A Breakthrough into a New Era. The forum served as a platform for dialogue about the importance of women's contribution to the development of society, rethinking women's leadership factors and creating a joint strategy for the development of the country.
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6 June 2022. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Today, Dushanbe hosted a Women Water Forum «Equity, diversity, and inclusion: Water unites us», preceding the Second High-Level International Conference on International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028.”
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Kyrgyzstan is one of the most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with a recent UN report revealing that 800,000 to 1 million of the country’s 6.6 million citizens work abroad on a regular basis. Around half are women (with estimates ranging from 40–53 per cent). To address outflow migration challenges at the community level, from 2019–2021, UN Women, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) jointly implemented a project funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. It sought to change harmful gender stereotypes, especially among women migrants and their families, and support the participation of women and girls in inclusive community development. By helping women explore their strengths and realize their business ideas, the project created livelihood options in areas with high migration outflows. Three beneficiaries shared their stories with UN Women on how the project changed their lives for the better.
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When Kamilla Rakhimova first found out she was HIV-positive back in 2013, she felt as though her world was coming crashing down around her.
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Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan will identify potential Responsible Parties that will build capacity of a CSO on requirements for grant-making procedures and provide technical support to develop strategies for resource mobilization and use of alternative funding mechanisms.
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In the innovate new online game “Who should be responsible for household chores?”, created by the UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan issues of the inequality of unpaid care and domestic work are addressed. According to the latest data (Assessing the lights and shadows of COVID-19: A gender analysis of pandemic-related impacts on women and girls in Europe and Central Asia), women in Central Asia spent 2.5 times more time on unpaid care work than men.
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Aigul Dogdurova established Aha.Kg to provide personal development and soft skills learning in Kyrgyz language. Her goal is to provide people with access to personal growth in a language that is relevant to the needs of local communities. She wants to trigger development in Kyrgyzstan by investing in soft skills.
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Women deputies of local councils held a face-to-face and open dialogue decision makers, representatives of state authorities and international organizations. Photo: UNDP Kyrgyzstan / Usonbek uulu Zhanar An unusual celebration of newly elected deputies of local councils was held in Bishkek on June 15. Women deputies of local councils held a face-to-face and open dialogue with former President Roza Otunbaeva, First Lady Aigul Japarova, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Jyldyz...
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Nuraim Kalilova lives in the city of Osh, Southern Kyrgyzstan and brings up two sons alone. Trying to feed her family, she tried various jobs from selling pies and buns on school grounds and at the bus stop to preparing meals and salads, but all this was temporary. After going through some difficulties, she was looking for a permanent job, and started working in the municipal territorial administration "Amir-Timur" in the city of Osh.
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UN Women calls on everyone to unite around protecting women and girls, to show zero tolerance to violence and to stand against rape and sexual harassment. Stopping the pandemic of violence at home, streets, and society can only be achieved by acting together.
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On 26 May 2021, the UN Women country office in Kyrgyzstan held a final conference presenting the result of the project entitled: Responding to the urgent needs of women and girls in a vulnerable situation aggravated by COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan. This UN Women and Government of Japan project has supported rural women in Naryn, Osh and Jalal-Abad regions to revive their economic activities.
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Altyn Kapalova is a feminist activist, artist, and children’s writer from Kyrgyzstan contributing to the Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining fairy tales for a new generation. She converts the results of her anthropological research into works of art that aim to make the voices of vulnerable communities louder so that they influence political decisions and structures.
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At least 3,000 high school students across Kyrgyzstan have strengthened their knowledge of gender equality, non-discrimination and other civic issues thanks to a series of TV and video lessons piloted by UN Women and partners.
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On 3 June, in Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan, UN Women held a dialogue called, “Consolidation of society for the sake of peace, unity and development of the country: A breakthrough into a new era through women's leadership.” The event brought together women leaders from territories affected during the Kyrgyz–Tajik conflict, which took place at the end of April.
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In the remote villages of Kyrgyzstan, women without an education often find it difficult to gain work. In most cases they have to stay at home or leave to work in other countries, even though there are business opportunities in their local areas. Meet two women who smashed the prevailing stereotypes and became independent entrepreneurs, with the help of the rural women's economic empowerment (RWEE) project.
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Aizhan Alymbai kyzy is a 26-year-old chess champion from Kyrgyzstan. She has been a member of the national team since she was 15 years old, and took the third place in Asian Rapid Chess Championship.
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Dinara Ruslan, founder and head of the IT company Codify Lab, discusses her chosen career path in IT and gender obstacles. After graduating, she worked both abroad and in Kyrgyzstan, before opening her own IT company in her living room in 2019. Today, Dinara Ruslan is not only a successful businesswoman, but a motivational speaker and mentor coach who espouses a “women-support-women” approach.
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Kyrgyzstan joined others around the world to ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ on 16 March, with the Kyrgyz Stock Exchange (KSE) dedicated its opening ceremony of trading to an event headlined: The role of women in the development of business and economy of Kyrgyzstan.
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UN Women Launched the “Buy from Women” Campaign in honour of International Women's Day to bolster rural women’s economic empowerment. The campaign brought rural women entrepreneurs from across Kyrgyzstan to Bishkek and Osh so that they could demonstrate and sell a plethora of products. The “Buy from Women” campaign aimed to encourage and support women's entrepreneurship for their creditable work.