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. 

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  • 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

    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"

    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"

    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

    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

    "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.

  • 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.

  • Master-class for journalists on ending gender-based violence