Gender Equality News

  • Take the pledge - UNiTED we can stop violence against women and girls!

    On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Kyrgyzstan the yearly campaign of 16 days of activism against violence toward women and girls will kick off. The campaign will last 16 days and will close on 10 December, on the International Day for Human Rights. Connecting these dates will draw the public’s attention to the fact that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights.

  • Young Gender Activists Turn Kyrgyz Parliament Orange to End Violence Against Women And Girls

    As a part of this years’ global campaign on16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls, gender advocate and Member of Parliament Ms. Ainuru Altybaeva together with young gender activists who are graduates of UN Women “My Safe and Peaceful School” peer education course led an advocacy event at the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. During the 29 November event Altybaeva, one of Kyrgyzstan’s strongest voices in the fight for gender equality, felt optimistic about Parliament’s pledge to do its part to combat gender-based violence, adding that she and her supporters “will be firm on this issue until the very end.”

  • UN Women supports a hackathon on "Safe Cities and Safe Environment"

  • UN Women presents a film "Cool Five" about young girls successful in their studies and lives

    UN Women decided to use “innovative way” by using “positive deviants”, who regardless of existing challenges in the community are reaching success and acting as positive role models for youth of Kyrgyzstan.

  • 11 October - International Day of the Girl Child

  • Gender equality is key to sustainable development

  • A day in the life of a rural woman

    This brochure provides insights into the everyday lives of women living in the rural areas of Kyrgyzstan, who despite the often harsh and drab realities of rural life continue to work heroically hard to improve their lives as well as those of others around them. Adopting a deliberately narrative approach, the brochure draws together stories of remarkably strong and yet at the same time soft women, whose bravery and confidence are inspirational to women and men alike and can serve as a proof of change for the better.

  • Family planning is a right for life

    WHO estimates that 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or avoid pregnancy but do not use any method of contraception. Complications during pregnancy and delivery are the main reason of death among young women. More than 287 000 women die in the world annually during pregnancy and delivery. Maternal death rates in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are among the highest in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

  • Master-class for journalists on ending gender-based violence

  • Warriors of invisible war

    “I have never thought sexual violence would be such a challenging case to defend”-, says Aijan Orozakunova, one of the best lawyers that someone would know in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. “When I have taken the rape case to follow, I was shocked by the assigned judicial sentence- the penalty was far from being fair. The perpetrator got three years and of course, we stepped in immediately to appeal for a stricter penalty. We won - he will be imprisoned for eight years now”

  • A law on prohibition of child marriages is entering in its active phase of implementation

    On February 13, 2018 Child’s Rights Defenders League (the League), with the support of UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic and the British Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, held a roundtable where representatives of authorized state bodies, international organizations and public organizations discussed further actions and activities to prevent child marriages and the protection of their rights with a view to eradicating this problem.

  • Empowering women and girls requires renewed efforts to end violence and harmful practices

    Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016

  • UN Women Kyrgyzstan Undertakes Mid-Term Review of Strategic Note

    On 10 and 11 November 2016 the UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan conducted a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of its Strategic Note to analyse and reflect on the progress of the UN Women country programme and assess the continued validity of its strategy in the Kyrgyz Republic in the current context.

  • In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

    A UN Women programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. Initiatives such as “My Safe and Peaceful School” and “My Prosperous Farm” are teaching respectful relationships, life and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages, building a better future for all.

  • UN Women presents a research on "Professional and Marriage Choices of Youth in Kyrgyzstan"

    In 2015 and 2016, UN Women Kyrgyzstan having worked on girl empowerment and youth participation for a number of years saw an opportunity to prepare a cadre of young national researchers and facilitate them in conducting research on professional and marriage choices of youth aged 14 through 28 in Kyrgyzstan. The aim was to understand the prevailing knowledge, attitudes and practices of youth that results in structural and socially accepted discrimination against girls and young women, and to identify strategies to empower them to make informed choices on marriage and career.

  • Youth in Kyrgyzstan champion gender equality and access to clean water

    Youth in Kyrgyzstan champion gender equality and access to clean water

    To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan. The project, titled “Securing livelihoods for vulnerable women, men and children”, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s groups

  • Changing Behavior to End Violence against Women and Girls in Kyrgyzstan

    A new three-year project funded by the European Union to end violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan started out today, 10 April 2018, at City Hotel, Bishkek. The Inception Workshop of the new project “Across Generations and Gender Borders – Communities Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Kyrgyzstan” of today brings together EU and UN representatives, Kyrgyz government officials, parliament members and civil society representatives to discuss the way forward for eliminating violence against women and girls.

  • "My Prosperous Farm" Manual

    The course set out in my prosperous farm is an integrated resource syllabus aimed at the curriculum learning areas of economics, biology and geography. It also supports teaching aspects of the mathematics and handicrafts curriculum. My Prosperous Farm is a tool to prepare students in the 9th grade, who are about to complete their schooling, for productive and profitable self-employment. Students are given the opportunity to develop decision making skills, to examine effective farming and business enterprises and to develop an understanding of why some farms and businesses succeed and why others fail.

  • Collaborative approaches to rights protection and conflict

    The manual has been prepared by the Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI) under the project “Building a Constituency for Peace” financed by UN Peacebuilding fund and implemented by UN Women Country Office in the Kyrgyz Republic.This Manual is an educational course aimed at developing knowledge and practical skills to improve prevention and response to conflicts arising at the local level from human rights and gender perspectives.

  • “My Safe and Peaceful School" Manual

    “My Safe and Peaceful School" Manual is the key element of the last component of the UN Women project “Building a Constituency for Peace” funded by UN Peacebuilding Fund and from 2016 year is being implemented within the UN Women project “Livelihoods through participation and equal access to water” funded by the Government of Finland. From this book youth will learn about gender equality, human rights, the rights and duties of citizens as rights holders and state functionaries as duty bearers. It will also further train their mind to think analytically and assess the current situation in their school, university, or community in a balanced way, with a view to addressing, mitigating and resolving conflicts, and bringing about (as the title of this manual suggests) safe and peaceful schools, higher education institutions, and communities.