On November 23, a huge portrait of Burulai Turdali kyzy, killed in the building of one of the ROVD (a district police station), appeared in the dormitory of the Bishkek Medical College as a result of ala-kachuu (forced abduction of girls and women for marriage).
The building was not chosen by chance, it was where Burulai studied.
During the opening of street art, her father, Turdali Kozhonaliev, spoke. He thanked the organizers of the action, the artists and the administration of the college and wished all the girls happiness. “Boys and girls, go on dates, socialize, make a family by mutual consent. Never get yourself into committing such a crime. For six months we have been applying to police, and now we are suing, hoping for a fair decision of the court,” he said.
Street art is the launch event of a nationwide campaign that runs annually for 16 days from November 25, International Day of Fight Against Violence Against Women, to December 10, International Human Rights Day. In recent years, the campaign TOGETHER has been using orange, and as part of a global outreach campaign, it is being used as the bright future color free from violence against women and girls.
The UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic, Ozonnia Ojielo, in his speech urged the whole of society to defend the rights of women and girls. “Girls also need to learn how to protect their rights and we support them. We will always remember Burulai and may our efforts be not in vain”!
A legal case on murder of Burulai's is being led by pro bono lawyers with support of UNDP, when experienced and devoted professionals help victims of sexual abuse in demanding justice for free. The case of Burulai will be finalized soon.
This year, the campaign is being held under the slogan "#HearMeToo: Eradicate violence against women." The campaign calls on global audiences to show solidarity with violence victims, fighting against violence activists and women's rights advocates who work to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence and seek justice for the victims of violence against women and girls.
In Kyrgyzstan, on these dates, more than 60 events will be organized throughout the country. The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, the UN system in the Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of non-governmental organizations, the national movement "TOGETHER against Violence against Women and Girls" will focus their efforts on increasing attention to the problem of violence (the calendar of events is attached).
Earlier we released a short length film “The Abduction”, which was dedicated to the memory of Burulai.