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.