We, the civil movement, say "NO" to inequality and discrimination in the Kyrgyz Republic on the basis of religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and health.

  • Patriarchal and paternalistic norms prevail in the society of Kyrgyzstan, women suffer from discrimination and disadvantage in all life spheres.
  • Domestic violence remains a commonplace fact, and there is evidence of pressure on women to prevent them from leaving a violent relationship.
  • The horrifying practice of the bride kidnapping continues, affecting thousands of women annually.
  • The Labor Law contains paternalistic provisions that restrict the ability of women to perform certain types of work; The labor market is largely gender-segregated, there is a noticeable difference in the salaries of men and women.
  • Women are extremely underrepresented in political life. The percentage of women in the Jogorku Kenesh has been steadily declining in recent years.
  • The rights of the LGBT community are attacked. There are norms that create conditions under which homophobic and transphobic violence and hate crimes remain largely uncontrolled, and representatives of the LGBT community are harassed, abused, physically assaulted and blackmailed by police officers.
  • The rights of linguistic minorities are endangered, mainly because of the political movement to raise the status and frequency of use of the Kyrgyz language.
  • Democratic reforms of 2010 did not lead to equality of the discriminated groups. The state could not resist the historically developed forms of discrimination and inequality.

Kyrgyzstan is moving forward, guided by the new Constitution, in which the role of international law is reduced, and the executive power is strengthened.

Recommendations of the expert meeting participants to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic:

1. The Kyrgyz Republic should take appropriate legislative measures to implement the right to equality. Such measures should provide comprehensive protection on all grounds of discrimination in all areas of activity regulated by law.

2. The Government should consider awareness-raising campaigns, including education in schools, to eliminate gender stereotypes regarding the role of men and women in society and among the population.

3. The Government must take urgent measures under the high level of domestic violence against women.

4. The Government should also provide adequate funding for special services for victims of domestic violence, including shelters, and that women will receive medical care, consultations and legal support if necessary.

5. The Government should take concrete measures to combat the practice of kidnapping brides, including strict compliance with the provisions of criminal liability for this action.

6. The Government should take measures to ensure effective enforcement of the prohibition of discrimination against women in the field of education and employment, where women are not represented adequately.

7. The Government should take measures to address the problem of a large gender difference in wages.

8. The Government should regularly review the effectiveness of existing positive actions aimed at increasing the participation of women in political and public life, and also introduce more stringent measures when existing measures fail to ensure equality.

Bir Duino staff,
Participants of the expert meeting