Kyrgyzstan

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings 
Gender Gap Ranking1#54
Gender Inequality Index20.37
HDI Ranking3#126
Political Participation 
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses23%/--
Women in Parliament ranking#54
Women at ministerial level (ranking)10% (#66)
Year women received right to vote/be elected1918/1918

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Overview 
GovernmentRepublic
Total population5.5 million
GDP per capita (PPP)$2,400
HDI ranking3#126
Population under age 1530%
Urban population35%
Internet users40%
LanguagesKyrgyz 65%, Uzbek 14%, Russian 12.5%, others

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation 
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1#54Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males99%Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses23%/--
Gender Inequality Index20.37Population with secondary education, female/male ratio100%Women in Parliament ranking#54
  Vulnerable employment for women (men)447.1% (47.4%)Women at ministerial level (ranking)10% (#66)
    Year women received right to vote/be elected1918/1918
  Health Quotas 
  Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in480Quota typeReserved seats
  Births per woman2.7Constitutional quota in lower houseNo
  Births per 1000 women aged 15-1929Electoral quota in lower houseYes
    Voluntary political party quotasNo

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Our Partner

Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan, is the successor of the NGO “Citizens Against Corruption” (CAC ), which was founded in May 2000. The mission of Bir Duino is to protect human rights, particularly freedom of association, to defend the political space for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Kyrgyzstan through culture and arts, and to facilitate practical implementation of humanitarian articles, international legal instruments, and other obligations of Kyrgyzstan in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms.Bir Duino aims to decrease corruption, poverty, and injustice in Kyrgyzstan by empowering local NGOs and activists to become sustainable, self-sufficient civil society actors and activists, involving them in decision making processes at all levels. READ MORE >

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Reports & Updates
November 21, 2017 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Africa, Americas, Asia, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
From November 25 to December 10, 2017, WLP partners from all over the globe will organize and participate in workshops, film screenings, and events as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Since its inception in 1991, more than 5,000 organizations from over 180 countries have participated. This year's theme, Together We Can End GBV in Education, places a strong emphasis on the human rights framework in order to advocate for institutional and policy change that prevents and addresses GBV in education.  
November 2, 2017 | 2017 Events, TPC, Transnational Partner Convening, Brazil, Leadership, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) gathered representatives from its grassroots women's rights organizations around the world for the Transnational Partnership Convening (TPC) in Potomac, Maryland. This annual meeting brings together leaders and activists that comprise the Partnership to share ideas, plan for future initiatives, and review the successes and challenges of the past year. The event facilitates knowledge sharing and builds solidarity among advocates of the global women’s movement.
January 17, 2017 | 2017 Events, Human Rights, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership’s Written Statement for the Women’s March on Washington Taking Place on January 21, 2017In every aspect of her life, a woman's autonomy, freedom, and opportunities are shaped by the degree to which her nation's laws uphold gender equality, and which cultural practices limit her ability to participate in decision making at the family, national and country levels.
October 20, 2016 | Beyond Equality, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, From Fear to Freedom, Global TOT, GTOT, Human Rights, Middle East, Refugee Empowerment, Stop Violence Against Women, TOT, Training of Trainers, Brazil, Leadership, Leading to Action, Leading to Choices, Organizational Capacity Building, Egypt, Leading to Choices Multimedia, Leading to a Culture of Democracy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership convened a Global Training of Trainers on October 5, 2016, following its 16th annual Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop focused on the development of curriculum for WLP’s new initiatives on women refugees and family law reform.  
October 19, 2016 | Beyond Equality, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Middle East, TPC, Transnational Partners Convening, Brazil, Leadership, Organizational Capacity Building, Egypt, Indonesia, Leading to a Culture of Democracy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership hosted its 16th Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland from October 1 through 4, 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from partner organizations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
March 29, 2016 | Beyond Equality, Asia, democracy, From Fear to Freedom, gbv, gender-based violence, Global TOT, GTOT, Human Rights, human rights, leadership, TOT, Training of Trainers, Leadership, Leading to Choices, Organizational Capacity Building, Political Participation, Leading to a Culture of Democracy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Victories over Violence, Uzbekistan
Women’s rights experts from 11 Central Asian countries convened in Kazakhstan for a regional Training of Trainers hosted by WLP in February 2016. The participants discussed themes of leadership, democracy building, gender-based violence, and human rights advocacy.  
February 29, 2016 | 2016, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Croatia, csw, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Kenya, Middle East, new york, Rwanda, Stop Violence Against Women, Brazil, India, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey
On Thursday March 17 at the New School; leaders, government officials, and activists came together for the 60th Session of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Women’s Learning Partnership and the Gender Studies Program at The New School convened a discussion on the relationship between family law reform and combating gender-based violence. This event marked the launch of a new WLP initiative on family law reform supported by the International Development Resource Center.
June 22, 2015 | Asia, Human Rights, Kyrgyzstan
In Kyrgyzstan, two bills that present formidable threats to civil society and constitutionally-protected liberties are currently under review by Parliament. Echoing Russia’s policies toward NGOs, the “foreign agents” bill aims to intensify government oversight of such organizations under the pretext of national security. This bill not only extends to public authorities the right to intervene in the internal affairs of any NGO that receives foreign funding, but also forces such organizations to register as “foreign agents” or otherwise cease to operate within Kyrgyzstan.
December 23, 2014 | Film festival, Human Rights, Kyrgyzstan
 On October 7-11, 2014, following a Regional Bus Tour to 20 small cities and towns across Kyrgyzstan, WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino organized and facilitated the 8th Annual Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights in Bishkek. This year’s theme was “The Right to Development,” referring to the right of citizens of The Kyrgyz Republic to demand that their government take steps to fulfill its domestic and international human rights obligations, and to improve their quality of life. View photos on Bir Duino's facebook album here.
December 17, 2014 | Africa, Asia, Human Rights, Middle East, 2014 eNews, Leadership, Leading to Action, Leading to Choices, Egypt, Political Participation, India, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco
Leadership training in India, an activist convention in Egypt, and human rights movement building in Marrakesh... These are just a few of the exciting activities happening around the Partnership this fall.
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