With a view to advance gender equality, UNFPA provides support to government in reviewing policies, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities related to gender equality in cooperation with other UN agencies. In 2007, UNFPA started to broaden its work to include a response to gender-based violence and mobilize local communities including religious groups against pervasive violations of women’s rights. The particular focus on ending violence against women and girls relates to improving data collection and analysis; addressing social and cultural norms and issues of peace, security and policy advocacy. UNFPA works with partners at all levels to ensure that victims of violence get adequate support and services and so that their voices are heard.
In an effort of addressing pervasive gender stereotypes and creating a sociocultural environment UNFPA implements programs that have a transformative impact on gender roles. Hence, through gender transformative programming UNFPA is addressing institutional, social and cultural dynamics that influence the behaviors and vulnerabilities of women and men in Kyrgyz society. The most important part of this approach is engaging men and boys as partners and change agents in support of gender equality and address negative forms of masculinities that promote violence and conflict.
While addressing gender equality, efforts are making by UNFPA to support young people, particularly young women and girls in realizing the highest attainable standard of sexual reproductive health and rights. UNFPA has a leading role in abandoning harmful practices in the country such as early and forced marriages which arise from gender inequality and have direct and negative impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls. UNFPA is targeting its programs to reach the most marginalized girls and empower them to avoid the pitfall of becoming mothers while still children.