Posted by: lauraannwilson | February 25, 2015

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women 60th Session: 4th Periodic Review of Kyrgyzstan (25 February 2015, morning session)

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Live blog from the 4th Periodic Review of Kyrgyzstan CEDAW 60th Session, UN Office Geneva

For background information on CEDAW please refer to my earlier blogs and the following website: ohchr.org

Kyrgyzstan Delegation – opening statement

  • Kyrgyzstan’s government recognises the need for gender equality. It has adopted a ‘long term strategy’ to implement gender equality. This strategy focuses on implementing gender equality by 2020. It is committed to ensuring that domestic legislation adheres to international law. The government recognises that this is a long term process, which must be in line with domestic policies.
  • The delegation notes that Kyrgyzstan is the first Central Asian country to adopt gender equality protections in law.
  • The government supports rehabilitation centres for people with disabilities and supports reproductive health rights for women.
  • The government supports research being conducted into domestic violence. The Ministry of Health is currently collecting data on victims of domestic violence. Data collection occurs once a year. Kyrgyzstan has 550 domestic violence centres.
  • The government is committed to increasing the presence of women in public life, noting that many women now hold key roles in public life. Kyrgyzstan has also implemented gender quotas for elections.
  • The government recognises that limited funding dedicated to gender equality has impacted on the adequacy of certain gender equality policies and programs.
  • Having regard to education, the delegation notes that less girls than boys attend school from grades 1 to 9. However, from grade 9 onwards there are more girls than boys (due to boys leaving school to enter into the workforce).
  • Having regard to rural areas, the delegation notes that 65% of women live in rural areas. There are challenges in conducting research into rural women, and limited data is available. However, a rural census is being developed, which includes gender indicators. This census will be conducted in 2016. It will be the first census to include gender indicators.

Eminent experts raised concerns pertaining to Arts 1, 2, 3 CEDAW. A key issue raised is regarding training of the judiciary. Eminent experts comment that gender policies must be addressed from a whole of government approach.

Questions from the floor are raised about the financing of gender equality policies and programs. The issue of LGBTI rights are raised.

Kyrgyzstan responds to the concerns regarding the judiciary, stating that judges undergo training and seminars. Having regard to LGBTI and minority rights, the Constitution prohibits discrimination. Furthermore, efforts are being made to address HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. The government supports training on minorities. The delegation highlights that sexual minorities in Kyrgyzstan have the same rights as everyone else.

The delegation states that civil society is consulted on the drafting and adoption of laws. Kyrgyzstan has an ‘active civil society’.

The session continues into the afternoon. Please refer to ohchr.org for more information on CEDAW and to access reports.


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