OSCE welcomes Kyrgyzstan’s gender equality efforts

Politics Materials 28 February 2009 12:28 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 28 / Trend , E. Ostapenko/

OSCE's Senior Adviser on Gender Issues Jamila Seftaoui welcomed Kyrgyzstan's efforts combating and eradicating gender-based violence against women during her three-day visit to Bishek, the OSCE press release said.

"Parliamentary hearings and women NGOs initiatives proved to be crucial, however much more needs to be done to implement the laws, including training of the police and informing the general public about the laws' provisions," Seftaoui said.

In 2003, women's NGOs urged the Government through a petition to take measures to protect basic women's human rights. As a result, laws on social and legal protection against domestic violence and State guarantees for gender equality were adopted.

Combating and eradicating gender-based violence, and helping improve existing legal mechanisms, were the main goals of Jamila Seftaoui's three-day visit to Bishkek. Seftaoui held meetings with members of the Parliamentary Committee on Gender Policy, representatives of the Government, Police Reform Department of the Interior Ministry and staff of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek.

Orzubek Nazarov, a Member of the Kyrgyz Parliament and head of the Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Gender Policy, Physical Culture and Sport says the current trend of bride kidnapping is one of the most important issues nowadays. A recent study showed that in some areas up to 80% of married women have been abducted.

A parliamentary hearing on the problem of bride kidnapping is scheduled on 3 March

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