APPEAL of the participants of the National ToT on Women's Leadership and Political Participation

Сен 29.2021

The Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan" in partnership with the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the KR and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in the framework of the program of WLP (Women's Learning Partnership) to promote women's leadership and political participation conducted a training in Osh for representatives of Osh, Jalalabad and Batken oblasts from 22 to 24 September 2021.

The main purpose of the event is to activate and engage leaders of local communities, deputies of local keneshes, youth and the media in promoting women's leadership and political participation during the period of risks and disasters from local to global level through training and creating a network of leaders of local communities, as well as informing about the peculiarities of the electoral legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic, including quotas for women and youth before the parliamentary elections to be conducted in the KR on 28 November, 2021.

Following the event, the participants created a National Platform for mobilization and solidarity of women activists in promoting gender equality and justice in the face of new risks and challenges. The National Platform developed recommendations to the President of the KR, Government of the KR, CEC of the KR, LSG bodies, political parties and CSOs:

  1. Engage leaders and activists of local communities in improving the civic education of women, youth, local media on electoral rights, monitoring compliance with the rule of law and active participation in the parliamentary elections.
  2. Ensure that women have equal access to and exercise their electoral rights, paying special attention to vulnerable groups, national minorities, youth and closed communities.
  3. Increase quotas for women to over 30% in the Jogorku Kenesh of the KR, and when a woman deputy resigns, ensure that the next female candidate retains the mandate.
  4. Review and expand the scope of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic "On Defence and Protection Against Family Violence" to include issues of gender-based violence against all women, regardless of their marital status.
  5. Synchronize the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the National Action Plan of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for Countering Risks and Disasters during the period of 2021-2030 ahead of the Global Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, to promote sustainable community development, women's leadership and equal participation in decision-making processes from local to global level.
  6. Include women community leaders in peacekeeping missions, negotiations and consultations, at the interstate level on countering risks and disasters, managing transboundary natural resources at all levels - national, regional and global.


Respectfully yours,


Participants of the ToT "Women's Leadership and Political Participation", HRM "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan", WLP, partner organizations:


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Feedback from our focus groups



Experience should be attached to a law degree

Shakhboz Latipov, 24 y.o., young lawyer: “When I came to BDK for an internship, I had no experience in legal and human rights activities. Together with experienced senior colleagues, I began to attend trials, studied documents. Gradually my supervisor Khusanbai Saliev began to trust me the preparation of documents, carefully checked them and gave practical advice. Experience comes with time and cases you work on. Every day dozens of people who need help come to us, many of them are from socially vulnerable groups: the poor, large families, elderly citizens. A lawyer in a human rights organization sometimes acts as a psychologist, it is important for him to be able to maintain professionalism and show empathy. At the end of 2019, I successfully passed the exam to get the right to start working as attorney and now I work on cases as an attorney. I turn to my colleagues for help on complex issues, they always give me their advice. This is one of the strengths of the organization: there is support and understanding here.”



Organization unites regions

Feruza Amadalieva, social worker, leader, teacher: “TOT from BDK is a great opportunity to get acquainted with participants from different regions, we continue to communicate on social media and when we meet at events, as close friends, we have such warm relations! At the events, I improved my knowledge, systematized it, clarified how to apply it in practice. I really like the training modules and the way the system of training and practice is built: role-playing games, theory, discussions. Each person expresses himself/herself. I have become a leader for other vulnerable women, I try to help them and engage them in such events.” Feruza Amadalieva is a regular participant of many BDK events, she invites the BDK lawyers to provide legal advice to vulnerable women.



I became confident

In summer of 2019, Nuriza Talantbek kyzy took an active part in conducting regional screenings of documentaries, helped with organizational issues during the campaign dedicated to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, participated in trips, and did the TOT on women's leadership. She used to be a migrant, worked for an NGO in Osh, and now works in Bishkek in the service industry. She calls her participation in the TOT “an invaluable experience”: “I first attended such an event, and received exactly the information that I needed, for which I am sincerely grateful to the facilitators. I experienced very difficult issues in my life, and thanks to that knowledge, I was able to overcome them, I persevered! After the TOT, I became more confident, began to better understand the essence of human rights, and learned to defend my interests.”



The defendant has passed away. The work on his rehabilitation continues.

The case of Shukurullo Kochkarov shows that work on complex cases continues for many years. After the torture he was subjected to in 2010, he became disabled. We managed to get acquittal on one of the charges; the work is ongoing on achieving his rehabilitation and recognition as a victim of torture in order for compensation to be paid. Trials continue without Shukurullo Kochkarov - he died on 2 August 2019. His interests are represented by his father, Saidaziz Kochkarov, who also has a visual disability. “For many years, we have been supported by the employees of BDK, they have been handling the case of my son, they brought him to court because he couldn’t walk on his own, they constantly help our family: my wife and I underwent rehabilitation, they have helped my son by providing him with medicines, they provide all kinds of help”.



Comprehensive support for victims of torture

Resident of the Kara-Suu district, Dilyor Jumabaev, has extensive experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies. In 2010, he was accused of possessing firearms, and thanks to the work of lawyers, he was acquitted. Two years later, his house was first searched in order to find materials of an extremist nature, but nothing was found. In 2014, he was accused of possessing extremist materials. In court, the prosecutor requested 15 years in prison; the court sentenced him to 6 years. A few years later he was released on parole. “I am grateful to the lawyers of BDK for their expert legal assistance. I participated in a rehabilitation program for victims of torture. When I encounter violations, I recommend contacting this organization.”


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