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Day of Action: Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!

Posted on 30 May 2013 by

Gulbarchyn Jumabaevа of WLP Kyrgyzstan shares photos and an update on the local day of activism against sexual and gender-based violence.


WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgystan and civil society activists, representatives from women’s NGOs, and youth activists rallied today under the slogan: “Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!”

Each year the number of women and children facing violence in Kyrgyztsan increases, and the violence reported is more devastating in scale and form.

According to the Center for Assistance to Children, in the first quarter of 2013 they have already worked with 13 cases of child victims of sexual abuse. In 2011-2012 they worked with 254 children, 34 of which were victims of sexual abuse. And these figured merely represent the small portion of the population the Center is able to work with. According to an informal survey of doctors at a local children’s hospital 3-7 children are treated for injuries related to sexual assault each month.

The General Prosecutors Office reports that in 2011 there were 22 cases of domestic violence related suicides.

WLP Kyrgyzstan feels the hour has come when the whole community must say NO to violence against children and women, to demand the authorities take strong and effective measures and steps to improve the situation.

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Following My Dreams: Reflections from WLP’s Central Asia Regional Institute

Posted on 23 April 2013 by

Maria Kolesnikova is a citizen journalist in Kyrgyzstan and a volunteer with WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan. She joined women from Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan at the WLP Central Asia Regional Training of Trainers Institute on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation in Shymkent, Kazakhstan this April as a participant and to present on her own experiences utilizing social media for change as a citizen journalist. Maria shares her reflections from the training below.

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A Feminist Perspective on Nigeria’s Jos Crisis

Posted on 18 February 2011 by

Over the past five years there has been an escalation of sectarian violence in the Middle-Belt Zone of Nigeria. In the North-Central city of Jos, the army sent to protect, and the residents supposedly acting on behalf of their respective religious communities, have carried out extreme acts of violence against innocent victims. In the month of January of 2011, there have already been over 200 victims.

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Where Is the Primacy of International Law in Transitional Countries like Kyrgyzstan?

Posted on 09 September 2010 by

Remarks delivered by Tolekan Ismailova, Director, Human Rights Center “Citizens against Corruption” on September 02, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain

“Human rights violations related to the recent tragic events in Kyrgyzstan and implications for the implementation of Helsinki commitments”

For a start, let me say that I would like to dedicate my speech to the thousands of people who have suffered injustice during the tragic events that occurred in Kyrgyzstan in April, May and June 2010. People who lost relatives and friends, people who were injured, people who were left without homes and means to exist, missing persons, victims of sexual and physical abuse, homeless children and orphans…

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Shiva and the Women’s Rights Movement on Trial in Iran

Posted on 03 September 2010 by

Tomorrow, September 4, women’s rights activist and One Million Signatures campaign member Shiva Nazar Ahari is scheduled to stand trial for charges including “assembly and collusion to commit a crime,” “propaganda against the regime,” and moharebeh, or “enmity against God,” the last of which can carry a penalty of death.

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In Defense of Human Rights

Posted on 16 July 2010 by

Central Asia. Two leaders. They risk it all in the defense of human rights, in defense of their beliefs and unwavering commitment to peace, justice, and universal rights.

On the one hand is the director of our partner organization in Kyrgyzstan, Tolekan Ismailova, who is in forced exile (temporary, we hope) as a result of threats against her and her family. She is paying the price for speaking out as a Kyrgyz national for the human rights of the Uzbek population in Osh, Kyrgyzstan that bore the brunt of violence in April and June 2010. Tolekan has been calling for an independent investigation of the tragic events, confident that such an investigation in the midst of a transitional government and a move towards democracy would strengthen and not weaken the state. It would show the state’s evolution and its commitment to “the highest standards of the rule of law, human rights, and development.”

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Tolekan Ismailova’s Statement to Supporters

Posted on 08 July 2010 by

July 08, 2010

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Thank you for your support and interest in my temporary departure from Kyrgyzstan.

The situation related to the threats against me and my family will hopefully attract the attention of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, and lead to a professional investigation in response to my official statement on Azattyk radio July 6, 2010. For all that I said I bear full legal responsibility.

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Update from Kyrgyzstan on Tolekan Ismailova

Posted on 07 July 2010 by

Since our alert a week ago (Kyrgyzstan: Government Must Ensure Security of Human Rights Activists), we have received many online and offline inquiries about Tolekan Ismailova’s well-being. We are in touch with Tolekan and able to confirm that she is currently safe. We are continuing to monitor the situation and provide support as needed. Tolekan is grateful for the solidarity everyone has shown her during this time of personal distress and crisis in her country.

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Violence and Trauma: A Forgotten Risk

Posted on 01 July 2010 by

My colleague Usha posted a few weeks ago about the role of radio in violence and reconciliation in Rwanda. Something jarred me. Something that tends to be buried most of the time nowadays beneath an arguably geeky enthusiasm for UN Security Council resolution 1325 and its progeny and potential for implementation. Somehow, in two years of working together I hadn’t shared with Usha that, for a brief period in 2003-2004, as a law student I worked on efforts to prosecute the widespread sexual violence that took place during the genocide that ravaged Rwanda ten years earlier. Talking about that tends to create for me a very visceral reminder of why I do this work, why I feel so strongly about supporting women survivors of violence in times of conflict, and doing everything we can to raise accountability and prevent of these acts, whether opportunistic or systematic.

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