Gender rating of political parties

17 Feb 2016
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National legislation and international responsibly of the Kyrgyz Republic guarantee equal rights and equal opportunities for women and men in the sphere of political involvement.

To what extent the political parties ensure compliance with the guaranteed by the legislation equal rights and opportunities of men and women, how gender equality issues are integrated into the agenda and political activities of parties, what are the approaches and practices in various parties to promote the issues of equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women, clarification of the existing (and evolving) situation in this respect in political parties of the republic is the main purpose of the Gender rating of political parties.

Gender rating of political parties (hereinafter - GRP) is a system of public monitoring of the activities of political parties in Kyrgyzstan to assess the gender sensitivity of political parties for a certain period (from 1 to 3 months).

Gender rating is based on 4 key dimensions:
1. The level of democracy and openness of the parties;
2. The level of gender sensitivity of documents and activities of political parties;
3. "Gender portrait" of parties in media;
4. Public opinion on promotion of gender issues by parties.

Gender rating of political parties was initiated and is implemented by “Social Technologies Agency” Public Association within the framework of UNDP, UNICEF “Women as Peaceful Voters and Women as Candidates” project with support of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.

Materials of the Gender rating of political parties of Kyrgyzstan are addressed primarily to management and activists of political parties, as a detailed scanning of the current practice of promoting and addressing gender issues made in the framework of the GRP allow identifying successful examples of "problematic areas" and to determine how and what to improve in the activity of a party in this regard.

The results of the Gender rating of political parties may be of interest to managers, experts of various political and social professions, journalists and civil society activists.