Under the framework of the annual "16 days campaign against gender-based violence" of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), international organization for leadership, protection and promotion of women's rights, Family Restoration Center “Alternative” in cooperation with youth movement of "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" from November 29 to 10 December 2017 organized screenings of the documentary film "Equality: It`s all in the Family" in secondary schools No. 54, No. 81, No. 86, as well as in the Kyrgyz State Law Academy and the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.
550 students from secondary schools and universities of Bishkek and specialists from the Akyikatchy (Ombudsman) Institute of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Education Department of the Bishkek City Administration, the Bishkek City Administration for Social Development, the Department of the Interior for Minors Affairs, and the political movement "Kyrgyzstan Jashtar Federationas" took part in the screenings. After each viewing there was a discussion with experts.
According to the results of this campaign, on December 7, a round table was organized in the “AKIpress” press center with the campaign participants, at which the results of the activities and recommendations were announced. On December 10, youth movement of "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" organized flashmob with the participation of 30 volunteers. The dance of the youth movement carries the meaning of equality, freedom of women and youth activity.
According to the published reports of the European Union office in Kyrgyzstan, women's political representation at all levels should be 40%, but this figure is much lower. For example, from 120 deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh, only 20 are women. According to the United Nations, women's gross wages in 2015 were on average 21.8% lower than men`s in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia and 16% lower in the countries of the European Union. Similarly, according to the UN, on average, women do unpaid work on housekeeping 2.5 times more, and in some countries 8 times more than men. Despite of the adopted national strategy for sustainable development of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2013-2017, in order to promote the implementation of the first long-term innovation Strategy for Gender Equality (2012-2020), the country continues to experience a high and growing level of inequality.
People in communities continue to justify child and forced marriages, violence against girls, as well as abuse by a spouse, partner or family members rarely become known to the public. The driving motive and reason for their rooting is the lack of understanding of the importance of education and the importance of the future social role of girls, which should not be limited by domestic work and upbringing of children.
We emphasize and call for the fact that only joint efforts of the state bodies, public and international organizations, as well as the local community, will help to develop effective measures to reduce gender-based violence.
Turning to the government, the Jogorku Kenesh, state and public organizations of Kyrgyzstan, we recommend:
1. The Government should ensure the fulfillment of its international obligations on the inadmissibility of gender-based violence against girls and women, which are enshrined in the Conventions on the Rights of the Child, On Consent to Marriage, Marriage Age and Registration of Marriage, on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
2. Jogorku Kenesh should continue improving the national legislation to have effective consideration of criminal cases.
3. The Ministries of Education and Health together with the civil sector should develop and introduce in schools and professional educational organizations classes on human rights knowledge in the field of marriage and family relations and sexual and reproductive health, taking into account the age of children, national, ethical and religious norms.
4. The authorized state bodies on gender policy, in cooperation with the ministries of justice, should develop measures to ensure qualified legal assistance and support in the courts of victims.
5. Pedagogical universities should introduce special thematic classes on teaching future teachers the skills of conducting classes with schoolchildren and their parents in marriage and family relations and sexual and reproductive health.
6. Ministry of Interior Affairs should improve the quality of legal statistics on crimes against women and minors.
Human rights movement "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" supports all initiatives of state institutions aimed at ensuring the rights, freedom and legal interests of girls and women.
"Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" in cooperation with partners will continue its work aimed to improve citizens level of knowledge on human rights, focusing on the new innovative methods for teaching people human rights and freedom setting according to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We will accompany the construction of a world where every person will have equal access to politics and resources of Kyrgyzstan without discrimination and violence.
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