UN Women presents a report on yearly advocacy campaign "16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls"
Kyrgyzstan participates in the global call since year 1998, this meaning 18 years of active engagement of mainly civil society into the raising-awareness actions on EVAW (Ending Violence Against Women). Starting from 2012 the active engagement of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls National movement into the 16 Days Campaign is coordinated by the UN Women Country Office.
In Kyrgyzstan, the UNiTE campaign “Time to act, Kyrgyzstan” is led by the UN Women Country Office, it is comprised of around 40 NGOs as well as officials such as Members of Parliament, Government Office of the KR (the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the KR and other ministries and agencies of the KR) the Ombudsman, the office of the President. The movement calls on the government, parliament, civil society, women’s organizations, men, women, young people, the private sector, international organizations, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing specific problems with regard to violence. In 2010 the United Nation’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, visited the country and called for action on pressing issues such as: domestic violence, bride-kidnapping, underage marriages, unregistered marriages, trafficking, polygamy, violence and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and violence committed by law enforcement officials. The causes were determined to be: inadequacy of policy and legislative enforcement, unemployment, poverty, strictly embedded traditional and religious attitudes towards women, migration (both external and internal), and lack of accountability.