Today, Bishkek hosted a roundtable on "Combatting gender-based violence: the experience of Central Asia and South Korea" with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Regional Program "Spotlight Initiative", and UNDP Seoul Center for Policy and Civil Society and local civil society. The event was organized in the framework of the joint EU-UN "Spotlight Initiative" online and offline initiative.
The main purpose of the round table was to share experience on topics of counteracting gender-based violence by law enforcement agencies, introduction of training courses on responding to sexual and domestic violence into police training, as well as to discuss the experience of Central Asian countries and South Korea in responding and preventing gender-based violence together with law enforcement agencies.
The coordinator of the regional program "Spotlight Initiative" Natalia Maksimchuk also made a speech, describing the goals and objectives of the program. Further, participants were introduced to the experience of the UNDP Seoul Policy Center, Kazakhstan's experience in adapting South Korea's practices to combat sexual and domestic violence, and the work in the field of combating gender-based violence was presented by representatives from Uzbekistan.
In turn, Ahjung Lee, presenting the experience of UNDP Seoul Center noted the following:
"It is very important that services provided to victims of gender-based violence are institutionalized. For example, in Korea, Sunflower Women's Centers are fully funded by the government and coordinated by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family”.
It is expected that the long-term outcome of the round table will be the study and the possibility of adapting the best practices in combating gender-based violence in the Kyrgyz Republic.
All photos are available here.
Chyntemir Kalbaev, UNDP Communications Assistant