National Women's Forum of Kyrgyzstan to be held in Bishkek

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On March 3, 2017 9:00 am the National Women’s Forum in Kyrgyzstan dedicated to celebration of the International Women’s Day - March 8 – will be held in the Kyrgyz National Philarmonic Hall named after T.Satylganov.

The Forum will be attended by students of higher educational institutions of Bishkek, deputies of Jogorku Kenesh and local keneshes of the Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of state institutions and the civil society, UN agencies, international organizations, and business community.

The purpose of the Forum is to demonstrate solidarity of the state, UN system, civil society organizations, and business community in promotion of women’s rights and gender equality through consolidation of joint efforts, creation of dialogue platforms, and sharing of experience with students.

The Forum will consist of three blocks: 1) “Women Changing the World” (success stories of women from various fields) and quizzes for students on issues related to early marriages and history of the International Women’s Day; 2) Internship Fair for students for placement with organizations working on prevention of early marriages and violence against women and girls. The Forum will be completed by a peaceful meeting near a monument of U.Salieva, the symbol of women’s movement, and the flower-laying ceremony.

The Forum is held with the support of UN Women Country Office in the Kyrgyz Republic, British Embassy  to the Kyrgyz Republic, UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic, World Food Program, “Bai-Tushum” Bank. The Forum will take placeat the initiative of Ainuru Altybaeva, Member of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the National movement “UNiTE to end violence against women”.

For reference: It is widely known that during the last twenty years sustainable trend has been observed related to reduction of the number of women among the deputies of local keneshes. In 2004 19% of women were elected, in 2008 – 17%, in 2012 – 12%, in 2016- 10%. The number of women suffered from domestic violence (those who applied for help) in 2015 reached 8,458 people. The number of early marriages in the Kyrgyz Republic is 12,7% today (in cities - 9,2%, in villages - 14,6%). Female poverty in 2015 increased by 3% compared to 2014 which is due totheir low labour force participation rate(49,9%), concentration of women in low-paid and precarious sectors of the labor market, and high burdenunpaid work. Women who are engaged in housekeeping make 72.1% of the total working age population living below the poverty line.

 

For additional information, please, contact the UN Women Communications Specialist in Kyrgyzstan: +996 770 07 85 25 or meriza.emilbekova@unwomen.org