Being trendy: women in political parties

Oct 21, 2016

Members of political parties studied results of gender rating of political parties of the Kyrgyz Republic as well as got to know about importance and promotion of gender issues in their work.

A two–day workshop “Gender rating of political parties: achievements, challenges and prospects” was held in October 2016 with the financial support of the Government of Romania and the United Nations Development Program.

Gender rating of political parties of the Kyrgyz Republic is a system of public monitoring of activity of parties in the country which assesses gender sensitivity of the parties during a certain period of time. The rating is based on four key dimensions: 1. Level of democracy and openness of parties. 2. Level of gender sensitivity of party documents and activities. 3. “Gender portrait” of parties in the media. 4. Public opinion on promotion of gender issues by the parties.

During the workshop participants received knowledge of general concept of gender and its relations as well as the overall gender situation in the Kyrgyz Republic. The main outcomes of gender rating of political parties and party gender assessment were also presented.

Sarina Kanymetova, member of political party noted the number of women in parliaments of many countries is much smaller comparing to men. “Despite that we live in 21st century, there is still no equality of opportunities. Many efforts are being done to overcome stereotypes of the “place” of women which is mostly the “kitchen”. I hope very much that participants in the workshop understood one important thing - representation of both genders means equal opportunities in decision making.”

“I believe that gender equality in the Kyrgyz Republic should be promoted. We would be happy if similar workshops are conducted in the youth wing of our party, as it has many women - everyone should know the importance of promoting gender issues”, told Temirlan Askerov member of another political party.  

The research on Gender Rating of Political Parties is conducted by the “Agency of Social Technologies” Public Association within the UNDP / UNICEF project “Women as peaceful voters and candidates”, supported by UN Peace Building Fund. At present the analysis is conducted and the results of previous five versions of the gender rating of political parties of the Kyrgyz Republic are published as well as the rating of famous women–politicians. More detailed information is available at www.awli.kg.

Umutai Dauletova, UNDP Gender Mainstreaming Specialist

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