Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan

Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan, founded in 2000, aims to decrease corruption, poverty, and injustice, and to improve the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan by empowering local NGOs and activists to become sustainable, self-sufficient civil society actors and activists, involving them in decision making processes at all levels.


Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan programs include:


  • Coalition Building – Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan collaborates with Kyrgyz women leaders to bolster the position of women in the public sphere through identifying barriers to developing women’s leadership and seeking avenues to overcome those barriers, exploring opportunities to unite women leaders in Kyrgyzstan and promote young women’s leadership, and proposing new solutions on women’s issues to the key political parties.
  • Youth and Higher Education Institutes –Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan conducts leadership trainings for university students and youth at various universities in Bishkek to promote young women’s leadership.
  • Radio Training – Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan has developed radio-trainings based on WLP’s Leading to Choices manual, which have aired throughout Kyrgyzstan. Both women and men are able to participate by telephone in live broadcast training sessions that address gender roles in Kyrgyz society and seek to expand women's equal participation in various spheres of social interaction and decision-making.
  • Human Rights Film Festival – Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan hosts an annual film festival featuring local and international documentaries focusing on the rights of women, children, and disabled people as well as the relationship between citizens and their government. Over 8,000 participants attend the film festival each year, and many request the documentaries be shown in villages to further educate people on human trafficking, domestic violence, and other human rights issues.
  • Women and Elections –Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan advocates against corruption and human rights abuses in government through election monitoring and reform, supporting women’s candidacy for elected positions, and advocating against the use of torture and the death penalty. To promote transparency, Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan monitors both local and national elections, and a number of women activists who have participated in the Leading to Choices program have acted as monitors.
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