Asia

Countries

Women's Learning Partnership is made up of WLP International in the USA and 20 WLP national and regional partners. While each partner is autonomous and independent, we share the values and aspirations of the Partnership as a whole.

WLP partner organizations operate in:
Brazil | Egypt | India | Indonesia | Iran | Jordan | Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Lebanon | Malaysia | Mauritania | Morocco | Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Palestine | Senegal | Turkey | Zimbabwe.

By working together, we put our collective energies behind common goals, significantly increasing our impact on the socio-political environment.

For additional insight into each partner's work and the challenges of working in a particular country, visit individual country pages, campaigns pages, and the resources section of the site.

Asia

Partner Organizations

Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan,

Programs in

Uzbekistan

Kazakhstan

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #31
Gender Inequality Index2 0.334
HDI Ranking3 #68
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 24%/4%
Women in Parliament ranking #49
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 5%(#85)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1924/1924

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Overview
GovernmentRepublic with authoritarian presidential rule
Total population17.5 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $13,000
HDI ranking3#68
Population under age 1524%
Urban population59%
Internet users45%
LanguagesKazakh 64.4%, Russian 95%

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #31 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 100% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 24%/4%
Gender Inequality Index2 0.334 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 97% Women in Parliament ranking #49
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 33.9% (30.1%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 5% (#85)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1924/1924
HealthQuotas
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 770 Quota type None legislated
Births per woman 2.6 Constitutional quota in lower house No
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 31 Electoral quota in lower house No
Voluntary political party quotas No

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Our Partner

Shymkent Women's Resource Center (SWRC) is a non-profit organization in Kazakhstan whose programs aim to combat trafficking and violence against women and to promote women’s rights through the active participation of women and youth in society. SWRC engages in civic and legal education, organizes campaigns to combat trafficking, creates self-help support groups for women, provides psychological and legal counseling, and manages a shelter for victims of trafficking. Read More >

Noeleen Heyzer

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Dr. Noeleen Heyzer is former Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), where she served as the United Nations' chief advocate for gender mainstreaming within the institution and internationally. She is UNIFEM's first Executive Director from the Global South. Ms.

Sakena Lida Yacoobi

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Sakena Yacoobi is President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an Afghan NGO she founded with two other women in 1995 in Peshawar, Pakistan to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children.

Geeta Rao Gupta

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Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta, is a leading authority on women's role in development, an advocate for women's empowerment and women's human rights, and an internationally recognized expert on women and HIV/AIDS. She brings 20 years of experience in research and program development to the gender and development field.

Zainah Anwar

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Zainah Anwar, a women's rights activist and well-published freelance writer, is former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a group of professional Muslim women committed to promoting the rights of Muslim women. An advocate for women's rights under Islam and the possibilities for alternative interpretation of the Qur'an, she was formerly a member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, a Chief Programme Officer for the Political Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and a Senior Analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies.

Aruna Rao

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Aruna Rao is a gender and institutional change expert with over 20 years' experience of addressing gender issues in a variety of development organizations, primarily in Asia. Dr. Rao is Director of Gender at Work, a knowledge and capacity building network focused on gender and institutional change. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, a worldwide membership organization of civil society organizations, and as a Commissioner of the Commission on Globalization convened by State of the World Forum.

Khadija Haq

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Khadija Haq is President of the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre, a research institution and policy think-tank based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is also Chairperson of the North–South Roundtable, an influential global policy research and dialogue forum of leading thinkers and policy makers from around the world. From 1989 to 1995, Ms. Haq was Senior Adviser on Education at UNICEF, where she was responsible for designing policies and strategies for basic education in the Global South, with particular focus on the education of girls.

Maleeha Lodhi

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Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, a journalist, professor, and diplomat, has served as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since September 2003. She is a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs and formerly served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States from 1994-1997 and again from 1999-2002.

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