UNiTE goes to rural areas

Jun 17, 2013

A series of activities to promote women's economic rights will take place from June 17 to 21 in four village districts of Batken province as part of the UN Secretary-General's campaign "UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls!" These villages are pilot sites of the EU and UN project on promoting good governance for social justice.

During April-May 2013 rural women of Kyrgyzstan sent letters to members of the movement reporting problems faced in everyday life. Letters that describe various issues related to rights to own land, access to drinking water and diseases associated with the use of irrigation water, uniting in associations of women, setting up assistance funds for rural low-income families etc. have been collected and posted on the project blog (http://unitekyrgyzstan.kloop.kg).

The main purpose of this collection of letters is to build a dialogue between women and state as well as local self-governments that provide services on the spot. Based on analyzing the stories, several members of UNiTE plan to travel to the four villages: Karabak, Samarkandek, Dara and Kyshtut to conduct legal consultations on women's economic rights and seminars on leadership, as well as organize early diagnosis of cancer of reproductive organs.

Other activities include lectures from the Women's Discussion Club for Democracy organized with support of the International Republican Institute. The lectures are organized together with women leaders and deputies of local councils and will touch upon issues of women's leadership. The Association for Women Entrepreneurs of Kyrgyzstan (WESA) will hold consult women on issues of property, inheritance disputes, land transactions as part of the Fund for Gender Equality. Moreover, women will receive free consultations from lawyers of local authorities on how to receive personal documents: passports, birth certificates, marriage and divorce registration, receipt of benefits and pensions. Ergene public foundation together with doctors Osh and Batken and with support of UNFPA and UN Women will organize medical check-ups for women of reproductive age.

About the project:

The project "Operationalizing Good Governance for Social Justice" was launched in October 2011 and will run for 36 months to October 2014. This project is aimed at improving and achieving equitable access for citizens, especially socially vulnerable segments of the population - women, children and young people to the state and municipal services by improving the efficiency of local and national governance processes in 30 rural municipalities in seven provinces of Kyrgyzstan. The project is implemented by UNICEF, UN Women, UNESCO and UNDP. The European Union co-funded project in collaboration with the above mentioned UN agencies.

About the UN Secretary-General's campaign "UNiTE to End Violence against Women"

In February 2008 the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon launched the campaign "UNiTE to End Violence against Women", which is designed for several years and is aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the world. Violence against women is not only a gross violation of human rights, it also entails a significant social and economic costs and undermines the contribution of women to development, peace and security. Violence against women is a serious threat to implementation of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.

Implemented in the period from 2008 to 2015 the campaign calls on governments, civil society, women's organizations, young people, private sector, media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing the global pandemic of violence against women and girls. At the heart of the campaign is the existing international legal and policy framework on common efforts of men and women to end violence against women and girls.

Contact information

Umutai Dauletova (unitekyrgyzstan@googlegroups.kg or umutai.dauletova@unwomen.org)

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