UNDP conducts training on gender expertise of legislation for the Parliament of Kazakhstan

June 3, 2024
Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Salamat Ayazbay

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan, with support from the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is hosting a training on Enhancing the Quality of Legal Expertise Through a Gender Lens: From Theory to Practice. The two-day event will bring together women members of Parliament, representatives of state bodies and NGOs to deepen their understanding and skills in applying gender expertise in legislation governing the area of just energy transition and digital transformation. The workshop will also present international practices and case studies. 

Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Salamat Ayazbay
"The implementation of gender expertise in legislative acts is one important aspect of ensuring and achieving gender equality. Currently, in Kazakhstan, a methodology for implementing gender expertise in projects and existing legislative acts has been developed; recommendations have been provided for harmonizing the gender expertise system with the country's legislation and integrating it into the legal analysis system. This year, training of legal services of state bodies is planned in accordance with the methodology of gender expertise, and today's event will mark the beginning of all planned activities,"
noted Yevgeniy Kochetov, Vice Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Recent research shows that no country, not even the wealthiest economies, provides equal opportunities for women. This limits their participation in the global economy and their contribution to the well-being of their families and communities.

UNDP Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) revealed no improvement in biases against women in a decade, with almost 9 out of 10 men and women worldwide still holding such biases today. Half of people worldwide still believe men make better political leaders than women, and more than 40 percent believe men make better business executives than women. In Kazakhstan, more than 93 percent of population have biases against women.

The empowerment of women and their leadership at the decision-making level is a crucial component for a sustainable and just energy transition in Kazakhstan. 

Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Salamat Ayazbay
“UNDP supports Kazakhstan in pursuit of structural transformation, including green, inclusive and digital transitions. Working closely with the Government of Kazakhstan and our development partners, we strive to instigate impactful changes in the systems and structures pivotal to the country’s sustainable development. Recognizing the inherent potential within, we aim to catalyze job creation, foster gender equality and women’s empowerment, uphold social justice, and tackle vulnerabilities head-on”,
said Katarzyna Wawiernia, UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan.
Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Salamat Ayazbay

Current gender-specific challenges in Kazakhstan include the low representation of women at decision-making level, the gender pay gap, horizontal and vertical gender segregation in the labour market, violence against women and girls, and harassment. The representation of women in central and local executive bodies remains low. The share of women in the Government is 14.3 percent. The share of women MPs in the Majilis of Parliament is 18.3 percent and in the Senate of Parliament - 22 percent.

A comprehensive survey of the people of Kazakhstan, conducted as part of a joint sociological study by UNDP and UN Women, has shown that existing gender stereotypes and traditional social roles of women are the root causes of gender inequality.

UNDP supports Kazakhstan’s efforts to promote gender agenda that focuses on the role of women in economic development, increasing their competitiveness in the labour market and combating gender stereotypes. UNDP is calling on governments and institutions to use a new generation of policies to change these discriminatory attitudes and practices through education, awareness raising incentives and care infrastructure.