Press Release: UN Women expands digital access, skills and connectivity among women in Kazakhstan

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020

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Women in Almaty region, Kazakhstan receiving laptops, routers and annual Internet package. Photo UN Women/Yerbol Sergazin

December 11, 2020 With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UN Women has implemented an initiative designed to boost digital literacy, economic and business opportunities for women from rural communities who have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

As part of the project, UN Women provided digital training and distributed laptops, routers and annual Internet packages to 68 women in six villages of Almaty and Akmola regions.

“I sew clothes at home in the national style and teach this craft to my eldest daughter. Having a laptop and access to the Internet will allow me to improve my skills and explore all the possibilities and ideas for starting my own business,” said Zhamalbek Duisekhan, one of the beneficiaries from Shyrganak, Kegen District, Almaty Region. “This support from UN Women is a real gift for me,” she added.

UN Women’s local implementing partner, The Fund of Local Communities of the Enbekshikazakh District, held two seminars focusing on the use of modern digital technologies and online resources. The training was devised to help women and girls learn about a wide range of subjects online and run their own business.

“Our goal is to improve the digital skills and the overall economic empowerment of women and girls from remote villages and districts in Kazakhstan and, ultimately, promote their equal participation in all aspects of social life,” said Gulnar Smailova, project manager for UN Women. She added that such initiatives complement the measures taken by the Government to ensure universal computer literacy among the population.

UN Women in Kazakhstan works in close partnership with the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Through this partnership, the aim is to comprehensively support Kazakhstani women and girls, ensuring high living standards, taking into account their equal rights and opportunities in all spheres of social and economic life. UN Women will continue to support women in acquiring new skills and developing their own business.

For more information, please contact Balnura Kuralova, UN Women Communications Specialist in Kazakhstan, by phone: + 7 701 910 08 08 or by email: balnura.kuralova@unwomen.org