The national strategy and national action plan for gender equality in Kyrgyzstan

Executive summary of a rapid assessment on addressing the needs of women and girls from religious communities

The assessment was conducted within the framework of International Alert's project, Tatyktoo Zhasho (Living with dignity), which ensures that the key messages on preventing violence against women and girls reach religious communities. The project was funded by the British Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The purpose of the study was to review the National Strategy and National Action Plan (NAP) for gender equality and the post-COVID-19 recovery plan by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2020-2021, identify potential gaps and opportunities, and work with both the Interfaith Working Group, policy makers and development partners on how to address the needs of women and girls from religious communities in strategic documents.

The assessment was conducted in September 2020 and used qualitative research methods: desk research andin-depth interviews.

The topic of this paper is increasingly relevant due to the surge in violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ministry of Interior ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, it increased by 65% compared to the same period in 2019. Moreover, the main strategic documents in the area of gender equality expire in 2020 and active work on designing state policy for the next period has already started. The recommendations made in this study can be used by all stakeholders indesigning measures for the new cycle.