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Removing gender stereotypes from education in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

What children learn at school shapes the way they think about gender and societies’ social and cultural norms. In Kyrgyzstan, a partnership between the Government and UN agencies recently trained 50 teachers and piloted new teaching methods, also available online through an e-learning platform, to help remove gender stereotypes from the education system. The Republican Institute of Teacher Training (RITT) endorsed the new courses and included them in the registry of teacher training programmes.

Women from vulnerable settings in Kyrgyzstan gain confidence and skills and help their communities reel from the pandemic

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Muslima Sobirova has gone from an abusive relationship to master her own destiny with a little help from the “Communities resilient to violent ideologies” project, implemented by UN Women and funded by the Peacebuilding Fund. She is among the 240 women and girls from vulnerable settings the project supported in changing their perspectives, gaining confidence and developing new skills. Some of these women are now using their skills to keep their communities safe from COVID-19.

In Kyrgyzstan, pandemic-related domestic violence increases vulnerabilities

Thursday, August 13, 2020

According to UN Women’s new Gender Rapid Assessment of COVID-19’s impact in Kyrgyzstan, 32% of respondents have heard of an increase in domestic violence or experienced it themselves. Service-providers, such as civil society organizations and crisis centres, are also experiencing hard times as helpline workloads are growing.

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.

Communities in Kyrgyzstan support each other in transforming traditional gender roles within families

Monday, July 6, 2020

Maksat Kurmanaliev and his wife Eliza Koilubaeva have been married for ten years and have three children together. They are residents of a small village called Kytai in the eastern Issyk-Kul region. Here, and across Kyrgyzstan, a strong patriarchal culture translates into social norms where men rarely participate in domestic housework, and often their duties are limited to making money and decisions in the family. A UN Women training with a community-led empowerment methodology is changing that.

Press Release: Gender assessment in Kyrgyzstan reveals concerning results about the impact of COVID-19 on women

Friday, June 19, 2020

According to a recent rapid gender assessment conducted by UN Women with the support of the Swiss Government, European Union and the United Nations joint Spotlight Initiative and UNFPA, women, specifically those from the most vulnerable situations, are impacted disproportionately by the pandemic.

UN Women and the Government of Japan gearing up to empower women affected by COVID-19 in Europe and Central Asia

Thursday, June 4, 2020

With the contribution of USD 909,091 from the Government of Japan, UN Women in Europe and Central Asia will protect and empower women and girls in marginalized and vulnerable communities in Kyrgyzstan and Moldova by responding to their urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

In the words of Gulyaim Dobutova: “Women in cross-border areas should be involved in decision making in their families, communities and the country”

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gulyaim Dobutova, 39 years old, is a school librarian in Arka village of Batken province in Kyrgyzstan, along the border with Tajikistan. Together with her self-help group, Yntimak, which means solidarity in Kyrgyz, she launched a bakery center, specializing in traditional pastry and confectionary products.

From where I stand: “People weren’t prepared to stay home for so long and many are panicked, anxious and stressed”

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

43-year old Nargiza Eshtaeva is a psychologist and a UN Women gender expert from Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s southern region. With COVID-19 spreading fast across her region, Eshtaeva is offering women and girls in lockdown much-needed psychological consultations over the phone. She is also leading a group of 40 volunteers who bring vital aid such as food, transport and cash to the families most in need.

Press Release: UN Women donated hygiene kits for the most vulnerable women

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

UN Women in Kyrgyzstan provided humanitarian aid in the form of hygiene kits for the most vulnerable women and girls in 7 regions of Kyrgyzstan.

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.

Safe spaces to protect women and girls from violence arranged as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Spotlight Initiative in the Kyrgyz Republic allocates USD 200 000 to help address the issue of increased violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. It aims to cover urgent needs of women and girls, affected by violence or at risk of violence in the current circumstances.

Maria Kolesnikova: An activist from Kyrgyzstan leading the eco-movement and spreading green values

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Maria Kolesnikova: An activist from Kyrgyzstan leading the eco-movement and spreading green values

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.

Peacebuilding is placed in women's hands through new initiative in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Friday, February 14, 2020

Empowering women living along contentious parts of the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with new knowledge, skills and business acumen is bringing civilians from both countries together where land disputes and resources feuds have regularly fueled longstanding tensions.

New comic book redraws the issue of ‘bride kidnapping’ in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

On 12 November 2019, the comic book Kalys was presented in the Kyrgyz State Art Museum during the Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan Festival with a reading, discussion and interactive creative session, bringing to light ways of tackling the problem of kidnapping for forced marriage.

From where I stand: “We’re promoting women’s participation in community development and peace-building”

Monday, January 13, 2020

Davbekova Ashyrgul, 49, is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Her group promotes participation of women in community development and peace-building processes.

From where I stand: “Expanding economic opportunities of women is key to ensure safety and prosperity”

Monday, January 6, 2020

24-year-old Kursanali kyzy Begimai is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Running a profitable agro-business and conflict-resolution initiatives, her group is now an example to other community members in the village.

I am Generation Equality: Zere, feminist singer

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Twenty-year-old singer, Zere Asylbek, is from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and in 2018 she released her first Kyrgyz-language song `Kyz` (‘Girl’). The song created a huge backlash in the country, as it called on Kyrgyz society to respect women and their choices. She also performed during the Civil Society Forum, which took place ahead of the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region in Geneva.

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