Making gender equality a reality is a core commitment of UNDP. UNDP recognizes that women empowerment and gender equality is vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed. UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic integrates gender equality principles across its all areas of work: sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate and disaster resilience. To success UNDP works with the government, civil society and local communities.
UNDP goal is to contribute to advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in in the Kyrgyz Republic. By advancing gender equality and empowering women as leaders and active actors in the development processes so they can shape their lives, UNDP envisages a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient world.
Gender in Sustainable Development
The sustainable development pathways area of work provides an opportunity to address gender inequalities and reshape policies to empower women so that they become catalytic agents of change and equal partners to men in the quest to promote growth that is inclusive, just, equitable and sustainable. With women’s engagement in all aspects of the development process, success in eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns and sustainable management of the natural resource base can be achieved.
In Kyrgyzstan, women face serious inequalities vis-à-vis men in the labour market, particularly in terms of incomes and access to formal and secure employment. Only 50 percent of women aged 15 - 64 are economically active, according to the National Statistics Committee Digest in Kyrgyzstan. The wage gap between women and men is 30 percent. In Kyrgyzstan only 13 percent of the total agricultural holdings are owned by women.
The feminization of poverty, limited access to development resources both natural and financial, weak system of social protection and public service delivery, gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls and increasing influence of patriarchal traditions and religion in social and family relationships are pressing problems.
In response to these challenges UNDP works with national partners to:
UNDP collaborates with the UN Agencies in enhancing capacity of national and regional stakeholders in area of sustainable development. It contributes to building a common understanding and a solid knowledge base about the linkages between gender, women’s empowerment, environmental sustainability and development. UNDP facilitates knowledge exchange among regional networks and ensures that SDG planning processes and national 2030 action plans are gender responsive and contains gender equality targets and indicators.
As a result of this effective collaboration:
· UNDP co-organized the regional conference on gender equality, poverty and the environment organized in November 2015 with UNEP, UNW and national partners, which highlighted these linkages to sustainable development in the context of the 2030 Agenda. The findings and recommendations will inform national 2030 action plans.
· UNDP supported research on Gender aspects of Poverty, Environment and Biodiversity implemented by the American University of Central Asia gender, economics and environment scholars, which contributed to strengthening capacities of different institutions to collect, analyze and use qualitative and quantitative data on gender-responsive natural resources management. The findings will serve as an evidence for informed national strategies and partnerships to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.