Gender Summer School kicks off in Kyrgyzstan

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Although the Kyrgyz Republic has ratified key international conventions on women's rights and gender equality and is developing a national legal framework on commitments towards those achievements, inequality continues to hinder human development in Kyrgyzstan.

Women remain among Kyrgyzstan’s most vulnerable groups due to inequitable resource distribution, rising unemployment, labour market gender segregation, a weak social protection system, the growing impact of patriarchal traditions, and misinterpretation of gender roles in social and family relationships.

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UN Women in Kyrgyzstan Communications Specialist Umutai Dauletova with her module “Masculinities and Violence Against Women” based on trainings provided by UN Women Training Center in Santo-Domingo. ©UN Women CO in Kyrgyzstan. Photo: Meder Sadyraliev

On 12 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.

Organised to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the Beijing Platform for Action for the advancement of women and girls, the School is part of a series of UN Women-supported Beijing +20 initiatives to change stereotypes, patriarchal practices and public attitudes towards gender equality.

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Participants of the Academic Gender Summer School are making a newsletter on women’s rights. ©UN Women CO in Kyrgyzstan, Photo: Meder Sadyraliev

Participants include gender equality and human rights experts and activists, civil servants involved in implementing national gender policy, academics (or academicians), staff from international organizations based in Kyrgyzstan and artists. Study topics include:

  • Human Rights for Women and Girls
  • Political Participation of Women
  • Institutional Arrangement of Gender Equality Promotion
  • Women and the Economy
  • Women and the Environment
  • Women and Poverty
  • Women and Health
  • Education and Professional Training of Women
  • Women and Armed Conflicts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Women and Mass Media

The Gender Summer School is supported by UN Women in the Kyrgyz Republic, Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the UN Peace Building Fund and UNDP.

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