The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Established in July 2010, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has its first fully fledged country office in the region in Kyrgyzstan in February 2012.

UN Women in Kyrgyzstan is a dynamic advocate for improving the lives of the country’s women and girls. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, we work to increase women’s leadership; end violence against women; engage women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhance women’s economic empowerment; make gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting; and increase coordination and accountability across the UN system for gender equality.

Our work in Kyrgyzstan is directly linked to the country’s national priorities and the international commitments on advancement of women’s rights. Kyrgyzstan has ratified over 50 international covenants, including the CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action.

Kyrgyzstan has an extensive legislative base guaranteeing gender equality. In 2013 a national road map on Sustainable Development for 2013-17 was approved which reinforces an innovative gender equality strategy (2012-20). In 2013, with support from UN Women and in cooperation with UNRCCA and the OSCE, Kyrgyzstan adopted a costed NAP on UNSCR 1325, the first one in the CIS region.

UN Women has developed strong partnerships with government and parliament, civil society organizations, and international, national and private sector groups committed to women´s rights and gender equality. We are a lead contributor to the UN country programme in Kyrgyzstan, for which we ensure gender mainstreaming through the UN Gender Theme Group. We provide trainings for UN gender focal points, and lead the national UNiTE campaign. UN Women is also part of the UN Joint HIV/AIDS Group, the Youth Theme Group and the UN Communications Group.

Our interventions in the area of Women, Peace and Security focus on empowering girls and boys at secondary schools and preparing them for sustainable livelihoods to provide an alternative to migration. So far more than 15,000 youth in 100 schools across the country have participated in our programme. UN Women also works with local stakeholders at community level to address issues of EVAWG.

In the area of economic empowerment of rural women, the Country Office leads a joint programme with WFP, FAO and IFAD in 45 communities that supports several thousand female entrepreneurs.

In order to provide data for evidence-based policy making and programming, UN Women is leading the Gender in Society Perception Study with components on political participation; economic empowerment; VAWG with a focus on bride kidnapping and early marriages; migration; and religion. In the associated youth component, marriage and career choices of adolescent girls and boys are researched. Both studies are funded by the UN PBSO. 

Agency News

  • How Economic Empowerment Helped a Rural Kyrgyz Women to Become a Deputy at Local Council

    How Economic Empowerment Helped a Rural Kyrgyz Women to Become a Deputy at Local Council

    I used to be a housewife, sitting at home, doing chores around the house, taking care of my children and husband. During my free time, I produced local handcrafts to earn some money to support my family...

  •  Message by UN Women Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic  on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2017

    Message by UN Women Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2017

    In his message on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017, the Representative of the UN Women Country Office in the Kyrgyz Republic Gerald Gunther congratulates women and girls on ‘their’ day and calls for action by every man and women, at home and in public life to empower women and girls so that they can use their agency to realize their rights in family and society and participate as equals in building a prosperous and just Kyrgyzstan.

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

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

    On March 3, 2017 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.

  • UN Women presents a report on yearly advocacy campaign "16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls"

    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.

  • First forum of women-deputies of local councils calls for introduction of gender quotas in local councils in Kyrgyzstan

    First forum of women-deputies of local councils calls for introduction of gender quotas in local councils in Kyrgyzstan

    On 17 January 2017, over 30 newly elected women deputies of local councils met in Bishkek for the First Forum of Women-Deputies of Local Councils. The Forum focused on discussion of the outcome of the 2015-2016 local elections in regard to women elected, challenges faced by women-candidates in the electoral process, and the way forward to increase women’s political participation at local and national levels.

  • "My Prosperous Farm" Manual

    "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.

  • “My Safe and Peaceful School" Manual

    “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.

  • Collaborative approaches to rights protection and conflict

    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.

  • Gender-Responsive Budgeting in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Gender-Responsive Budgeting in the Kyrgyz Republic

    This paper describes the context, key activities and project objectives, thanks to which gender-responsive budgeting case in KR can be considered successful. The cooperation experience between different players in gender-responsive budgeting showcased the possibility and ability of a non-governmental organization to be a serious resource for budgeting policy in the country, as “Innovative solution Inc.”, at the request of state agencies, has analyzed and revised methodological fundamentals of the budgeting process to include a gender dimension in to these standards.

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

    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.

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

    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.”

  • Message for the International Day to end violence against women and girls

    Message for the International Day to end violence against women and girls

    At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  • Gender in Society Perceptions Study

    Gender in Society Perceptions Study

    A nation-wide research “Gender in Society Perceptions Study” (GSPS) has been completed in the framework of the joint programme “Building the evidence base to facilitate responsive gender policy and programmes for equality and lasting peace in Kyrgyzstan” by UN Women, UNFPA and IOM and in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Develoment of the KR and the National Statistical Committee of the KR.

  • UN Women presented results of the “Building a Constituency for Peace” project

    UN Women presented results of the “Building a Constituency for Peace” project

    The International Day of Peace, on a day of strengthening the ideals of peace among all countries and nations, at Hayat Regency in Bishkek representatives of government agencies, local authorities, UN agencies and international organizations took part in the final conference on the results of the PRF-funded UN Women “Building Constituency for Peace” project. Around 80 participants attended the event, including representatives from state agencies, international organizations and civil society.

  • About gender budget in brief

    About gender budget in brief

    Support for gender-responsive policies, programming and budgets has been an important priority area of UN Women in the Europe and Central Asia region. This comic “Briefly about gender budget” provides a basic insight into gender-responsive budgeting through the story of a grandfather and a granddaughter. It’s an advocacy material developed to promote a better understanding of gender-responsive budgeting and policies among the wider public, particularly among civil society organizations.

  • No one left behind – evaluating the SDGs with an equity-focused and gender equality lens

    No one left behind – evaluating the SDGs with an equity-focused and gender equality lens

    Kyrgyzstan, as all other members of the United Nations, has pledged to implement and achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Key to Kyrgyzstan, assisted by the United Nations. Meeting this challenge successfully is localization of the Goals so that they respond to the needs of all citizens of the country. Setting appropriate indicators and having an adequate monitoring and evaluation system in place is a prerequisite for this.

  • Summer school promotes gender equality and women’s rights in Kyrgyzstan

    Summer school promotes gender equality and women’s rights in Kyrgyzstan

    Government ministry and agency representatives meet to increased their gender equality knowledge, review international commitments and promote women’s empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic.