Kyrgyzstan

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #54
Gender Inequality Index2 0.37
HDI Ranking3 #126
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 23%/--
Women in Parliament ranking #54
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 10% (#66)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1918/1918

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Overview
GovernmentRepublic
Total population5.5 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $2,400
HDI ranking3#126
Population under age 1530%
Urban population35%
Internet users40%
LanguagesKyrgyz 65%, Uzbek 14%, Russian 12.5%, others

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 #54 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 99% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 23%/--
Gender Inequality Index2 0.37 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 100% Women in Parliament ranking #54
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 47.1% (47.4%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 10% (#66)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1918/1918
HealthQuotas
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 480 Quota type Reserved seats
Births per woman 2.7 Constitutional quota in lower house No
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 29 Electoral quota in lower house Yes
Voluntary political party quotas No

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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. READ MORE >

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Reports & Updates
September 16, 2013 | film, Human Rights, human rights, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan
WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan will be hosting the Seventh Annual International Film Festival on Human Rights: "Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan" from September 18-24, 2013. The theme of this year's Festival is "Migration: human rights, right for association and self-expression".
November 30, 2012 | Asia, Human Rights, human rights, Human Rights Alerts, Human Rights Center/ Citizens Against Corruption, Kyrgyzstan, Leading To Choices, Kyrgyzstan
On November 27, 2012, the Inter-District Court of Bishkek dismissed a complaint brought to the court by Tolekan Ismailova, Director of WLP Kyrgyzstan/Human Rights Center-“Citizens Against Corruption” and the human rights Bir Duyno Film Festival.
November 14, 2012 | 2012 Events, Americas, Leading to Action, Brazil, Egypt, Political Participation, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
In October, WLP traveled to Lima, Peru for the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) seventh Global Assembly, Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social, and Economic Inclusion. The conference brought together WLP Partners and more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars, providing an important opportunity for learning, exchange, and networking with civil society actors from across the world.
October 23, 2012 | Asia, Human Rights, human rights, Human Rights Alerts, Human Rights Center/ Citizens Against Corruption, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan
 WLP Kyrgyzstan/HRC Citizens Against Corruption held their annual Bir Buino Film Festival in Bishkek from September 24-28. On the last day of the festival the organizers were set to screen the independently directed film, ‘I Am Gay and Muslim’, a film that features young Moroccan men speaking about their sexual and religious identities.
September 26, 2012 | Activism, Advocacy, Asia, documentary, Film festival, Human Rights, human rights, Human Rights Center/ Citizens Against Corruption, Kyrgyzstan, Leading to Action, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, Stop Violence Against Women, Women's Human Rights, Kyrgyzstan
The Sixth Annual International ‘Bir Duino’ (‘One World’) Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights is in session in Kyrgyzstan this week. WLP's Kyrgyzstan partner Human Rights Center/“Citizens Against Corruption” hosts this annual competition to recognize films that give an honest and powerful depiction of issues such as gender based violence, drug addiction, homelessness, and migration.
March 27, 2012 | Asia, Leading to Action, Leadership, Leading To Choices Multimedia, Political Participation, Kyrgyzstan
From March 23-27, 2012 a national Training of Trainers (TOT) on "Leadership and Women's Political Participation" was held by WLP Kyrgyzstan/Citizens Against Corruption as part of WLP's Global Training of Trainers Initiative. 
October 26, 2011 | Human Rights, human rights, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan
On September 27, WLP Kyrgyzstan/Human Rights Center “Citizens against Corruption” (CAC) celebrated the opening of its fifth annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film festival in Bishkek. The event featured documentary films from a broad range of countries, including Afghanistan, Israel, Iran, South Africa, India, Great Britain, Ethiopia,Canada, as well as several from Kygyzstan.
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