APPEAL of the participants of the National TOT "Women's Leadership and Political Participation" TO THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Сен 27.2021



We, the participants of the National Training of Trainers "Women's Leadership and Women's Political Participation", which was conducted from 22 to 24 September, 2021 in Osh, were inspired by the speech of Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN Security Council on the creation of a regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia for security and development[1]

"The entire United Nations family stands ready to assist in promoting greater cooperation and integration among the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, toward achieving the goals of peace, sustainable development, stability and security."

We believe that in order to resolve issues of security, development and peace, it is important to conform to the principles of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for joint advocacy campaigns from the level of communities to global to reduce the gaps between people and officials who make decisions at all levels of government, taking into account new risks and disasters in the world.

Today, more than ever, women and girls should have equal access to education, to the choice of professions and resources. To accomplish this, it is important not to narrow the space for civil and political rights of citizens, but to strengthen them and expand the economic, social and cultural rights of citizens. Today it is important to uphold the citizens' freedom of self-expression, freedom of speech to throw limelight on the accumulated systemic problems and risks for the prevention of conflicts and disasters in the Central Asian region.

Over twenty years ago, the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security confirmed the importance of equal participation and full involvement of women in maintaining and strengthening peace and security. Kyrgyzstan is on the verge of adopting the 4th Action Plan on the UNSCR 1325.

We support the efforts of the authorities of the KR to build trust with neighboring countries. At the same time, given the challenges to regional security in Central Asia, we urge them to pay attention to the protection and promotion of the universality of human rights and freedoms, to ensure favorable conditions for the protection of the rights of refugees, women human rights defenders, strengthening partnerships with authorities from the level of communities to the global level based on international obligations to ensure the safety and promote positive reforms in the name of development, eliminating discrimination and various forms of violence.

We stand for promoting the regional agenda according to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in relation to new risks, such as the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan. We stand for protection of the rights of women human rights defenders in Afghanistan and the fulfillment of all international obligations by the Central Asian countries, the international obligations to protect asylum seekers and grant them the refugee status.

We call for broad consultations to discuss the problems and opportunities in the Central Asian countries for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, including the implementation and monitoring of the implementation of National Action Plans on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

We stand for disarmament and against military aggression in the region, in the world, we stand for the equal participation of women in the processes of regional dialogues and forums, we stand for peace and promotion of gender equality and justice.

We appeal to the UN, European Union, the diplomatic corps and international organizations to facilitate taking the urgent decision to issue visas to human rights defenders and activists of Afghanistan, to all those who are in an unsafe environment and need urgent help.


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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