Back to Peace through Rebuilding Trust: Women and Youth in BatkenAug 5, 2013Women and youth in the remote southern villages of Iskra and Andarak in Kyrgyzstan are organized into the initiative self-help groups since September 2012 as part of local community peace building efforts. The women’s self-help groups in two villages that included unemployed representatives of two ethnic groups, Kyrgyz and Tajik, jumped in the joint income generating activities. They organized garment sewing shops that helped build trust and peace among two major ethnic groups, as well as facilitated women’s role in this process in the villages. Local government provided facilities and UNDP project helped repair the building, purchased equipment and launched production process.
Local Communities in the South of Kyrgyzstan Discuss Importance of Religious Tolerance for PeaceAug 5, 2013Religion has been increasingly penetrating our everyday life. Over the past twenty years we have turned from the country of total atheism to an islet where the various faiths, traditional as well as imported from abroad, peacefully coexist. Situation with religion in Kyrgyzstan remains ambiguous. Therefore consolidation of government authorities, religious and non-governmental organizations to deal with this issue is critical, as it should be a key factor for stabilization, strengthening of interethnic and interconfessional peace and conflict prevention in the country.