"Generation Equality Stands Against Rape." A Campaign Against Gender-based Violence Has Been Held in Kyrgyzstan

December 13, 2019

Illustration: UN Women

From November 25 to December 10, a 16-day campaign against gender-based violence took place in Kyrgyzstan. UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic joined the campaign and presented several information products with visual tools.

In particular, the comic book mini-series “My Name is Chynara and I Overcame Domestic Violence” was presented based on a real case of lawyers from the Pro-Bono initiative.

In the second half of the campaign, a social video was published with the participation of the Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic - Gulnur Satylganova. In her speech, Gulnur noted depressing statistics on gender, domestic and sexual violence in the country and shared a few tips and advice on helping survivors.

During the campaign, UNDP actively promoted its messages via social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, drawing the attention of online users to the issue of violence. Also, article 16 ways you can stand against rape culture from UN Women was translated into Russian. In total, this campaign reached nearly 90,000 social media users, half of whom were Kyrgyz speaking Instagram users.

As part of this campaign, an online course entitled “Law enforcement and judicial authorities in protecting women's rights from gender-based violence” was also presented.

"The course is aimed at drawing attention to the peculiarities of considering cases related to crimes against sexual freedom and sexual integrity, the family and minors, as well as misconduct related to domestic violence."

Aizhan Orozakunova, Director of the Training Center at the Bar

An Online Course Platform for Law Enforcement Institutions and Employees

It was noted that the 4-hour course is compulsory for all employees of internal affairs bodies, prosecutors, courts and lawyers working in the field of protecting the rights of women and girls from gender and family violence.

UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic continues to work to eliminate gender-based violence and promote gender equality through its programs and is ready to assist the country in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5.