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

  • Youth from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan joined efforts for peace and gender equality

    On 22 to 28 July 2018 UN Women together with partners conducted a summer camp “Youth and Environmental Sustainability” for around 20 active youth from border provinces of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

  • UN Women debriefed the Government Office on “Livelihoods through Participation and Equal Access to Water” project results

    The purpose of the meeting was the formal hand-over of knowledge products developed within the project and brief Government on its results. The Government officials thanked UN Women Kyrgyzstan for the practical approach to project implementation, real partnership with the state at various levels and the generation of replicable products in line with Government strategies, such as the AIMAK e-governance system.

  • UN Women improved access to irrigation water for over 20000 water users with over 3000 from vulnerable groups in Kyrgyzstan

    With a strategy of leaving no one behind, the project aimed at strengthening and creating opportunities for vulnerable people, women and youth, to participate in fair and equitable distribution of water resources and to use effectively natural resources.

  • UN Women and Justice Rapid Response animated web feature on sexual and gender-based violence wins the prestigious Webby Award

    UN Women's animated web feature, Justice now: Ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence as international crimes, has won a Webby Award. The web feature was selected by the Academy as the 2018 Webby Award recipient under the law category for websites.

  • Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 16 teams created IT products aimed at combating discrimination and violence

    16 teams created IT products aimed at combating discrimination and violence

    Hackathon of social projects "Safe City and Safe Environment" where participants from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan created IT products aimed at combating discrimination and violation of human rights.

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

  • 11 October - International Day of the Girl Child

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "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 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

    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

    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 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.