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Joint Statement by United Nations agencies in Kazakhstan on the occasion of the International Women’s Day

Monday, March 8, 2021

In marking International Women's Day with the people of Kazakhstan we highlight the achievements of the women and men across society engaged in efforts to ensure respect for women’s rights, women’s dignity and to achieve equality. The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, which appreciates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world and in Kazakhstan in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

A study was conducted in Kazakhstan to identify the problems of women entrepreneurs during the pandemic

Friday, February 26, 2021

The National Commission for Women, Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UN Women in Kazakhstan and the Applied Economics Research Center with support of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, conducted a large-scale study to identify the problems of women entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press Release: An online course on effective planning and budgeting with a gender perspective launched in Kazakhstan

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and UN Women in Kazakhstan launched an online training course "Gender Analysis in the National Planning and Budgeting System" with the support of the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan.

I am Generation Equality: Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, leader of Kyrgyzstan’s first Space Programme

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, 26, is the director of the Kyrgyz Space Program. She is also a TechWomen 2019 alumna, hosted by Mozilla HQ in San Francisco Bay Area, and founder of the TechCamp project, implemented in partnership with the UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan.

Young women of Afghanistan gain entrepreneurship skills to boost their economic opportunities

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

40 young women, who came to Kazakhstan from Afghanistan in 2019 and 2020 to study recently benefited from UN Women training on entrepreneurship and business skills to increase their employment opportunities after graduation.

Press Release: Kazakhstan moves closer to strengthening its laws and policies to combat violence against women

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Senior national leaders, including the deputies of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, joined experts, representatives from civil society and international organizations to discuss Kazakhstan integrating key international conventions designed to eliminate violence against women and girls into existing laws and policies.

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

Friday, 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.

Lyubov Vorontsova: Fighting the stigma surrounding people living with HIV in Kazakhstan

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Thirty-five year-old Lyubov Vorontsova from Kazakhstan has been living with HIV for 15 years. While learning to live a full life and to overcome her own fears, she began to teach and help others.

Press Release: International online gathering in Kazakhstan spotlights prevention of violence against women and women’s access to justice

Friday, November 27, 2020

The International Online Conference entitled “Preventing Gender Based Violence against Women and Strengthening Women's Access to Justice” (the Conference) has taken place as part of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” global campaign.

Press release: UN Women delivers 1,500 kits of essential items to women and girls in flood affected region in Kazakhstan

Friday, July 24, 2020

UN Women in Kazakhstan organized the delivery of 1,500 kits of essential items in the form of hygiene kits, masks, gloves and disinfectants to women and girls affected by the flood in Maktaaral district of Turkestan region in southern Kazakhstan to help alleviate the effects of the flood caused by a dam break in Uzbekistan in May.

Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia reveal pandemic’s devastating impact on women

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

Women confront pandemic-related violence against women across Europe and Central Asia

Monday, June 1, 2020

Both globally and across Europe and Central Asia, home confinement and stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated violence against women and girls. In most countries, women’s organizations, hotlines and front-liners have noted sharp increases in calls and reports from locked-down survivors afraid that they have nowhere to turn.

Social media broadcast draws attention to domestic violence amid COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Odnoklassniki social network, known as OK, hosted a broadcast for experts and others to discuss how to survive lockdown and avoid family conflict and gender-based violence.

From where I stand: “The fact that domestic violence is not a criminal offence in Kazakhstan is hurting women during COVID-19 crisis”

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dina Smailova, a well-known activist from Kazakhstan, recently spoke to UN Women about the rising reports of domestic violence since the introduction of quarantine measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. With 4 billion people around the world sheltering at home, many women are left in isolation with abusive partners, unable to access life-saving resources and support systems. In some countries, helplines have registered an increase in calls by more than 30 per cent.

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Monday, March 16, 2020

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

Veronica Fonova: Becoming a feminist and leading Kazakhstan’s first feminist rally

Monday, March 16, 2020

Veronica Fonova, a 27-year-old web designer, became a women’s rights activist after realizing that even in feminist groups the main speakers are still men. She and her friends created the women-only group KazFem, a platform for feminist activism in Kazakhstan. It popularizes feminist ideas and protects women who have experienced discrimination or violence.

Art against violence: exhibition on violence against women and girls opens in Nur-Sultan

Monday, December 2, 2019

A unique art exhibition on violence against women and girls opened in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan on 29 November. The art exhibition was born out of the creative collaboration of the TSE Art Destination, which is a contemporary art gallery, educational centre and an experimental art lab, and the UN Agencies in Kazakhstan, led by UN Women.

Take Five: “We should not tolerate any violence and should not be bullied into silence”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Anna Ryl heads the anti-trafficking foundation, Korgau Astana, in Kazakhstan, supporting women and children in difficult situations. Started in 2009, her foundation also ran the first shelter for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the county’s capital, Nur-Sultan, providing free legal and psychological services for survivors. Today, the organization has the branches in all regional centers nationwide.

Take five: “Gender equality means to empower women and girls with opportunities to reach their potential”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Leila Makhmudova, a young feminist, 26, freelancer and social activist from Almaty, Kazakhstan, works on women empowerment and inclusion projects. She shares her views on promoting gender equality, where we are on women`s rights and why having economically empowered women and girls is important for a country.

Activists from five Central Asian countries discussed urgent gender equality issues with UN Women Regional Director

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

As part of her visit to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, Ms. Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia met with youth and civil society representatives of five Central Asian countries, government officials and UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan. Violence against women and girls, women’s economic and political empowerment, stereotypes and active involvement of youth in all processes were the main topics of discussions.

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