Second WLP Central Asia Regional Institute Brings Activists to Leadership and Advocacy Training

November 11, 2010

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For civil society, Central Asia has become one of the most difficult places to work. Freedom of assembly, an open press, and internet usage have eroded throughout the region.

Uzbekistan has remained all but closed to NGO activity. WLP's former partner in Uzbekistan, Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC), which organized WLP's first Central Asia Regional Institute in 2005 in cooperation with Shymkent Women's Resource Center (SWRC), was forcibly closed by the government in 2006.

Kyrgyzstan has seen significant political turmoil, with a coup in April. A violent outbreak in southern Kyrgyzstan in early June led to further attempts to intimidate and silence human rights activists.


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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.

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Women's Learning Partnership is made up of WLP International in the USA and 20 WLP national and regional partners, based in Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Pakistan,

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    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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    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
    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 >

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