Kyrgyzstan

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings 
Gender Gap Ranking1#54
Gender Inequality Index20.37
HDI Ranking3#126
Political Participation 
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses23%/--
Women in Parliament ranking#54
Women at ministerial level (ranking)10% (#66)
Year women received right to vote/be elected1918/1918

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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#54Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males99%Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses23%/--
Gender Inequality Index20.37Population with secondary education, female/male ratio100%Women in Parliament ranking#54
  Vulnerable employment for women (men)447.1% (47.4%)Women at ministerial level (ranking)10% (#66)
    Year women received right to vote/be elected1918/1918
  Health Quotas 
  Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in480Quota typeReserved seats
  Births per woman2.7Constitutional quota in lower houseNo
  Births per 1000 women aged 15-1929Electoral quota in lower houseYes
    Voluntary political party quotasNo

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Our Partner

Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan, is the successor of the NGO “Citizens Against Corruption” (CAC ), which was founded in May 2000. The mission of Bir Duino is to protect human rights, particularly freedom of association, to defend the political space for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Kyrgyzstan through culture and arts, and to facilitate practical implementation of humanitarian articles, international legal instruments, and other obligations of Kyrgyzstan in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms.Bir Duino aims to decrease corruption, poverty, and injustice 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
December 23, 2014 | Film festival, Human Rights, Kyrgyzstan
 On October 7-11, 2014, following a Regional Bus Tour to 20 small cities and towns across Kyrgyzstan, WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino organized and facilitated the 8th Annual Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights in Bishkek. This year’s theme was “The Right to Development,” referring to the right of citizens of The Kyrgyz Republic to demand that their government take steps to fulfill its domestic and international human rights obligations, and to improve their quality of life. View photos on Bir Duino's facebook album here.
December 17, 2014 | Africa, Asia, Human Rights, Leading to Action, Middle East, 2014 eNews, Leading To Choices, Leadership, Egypt, India, Political Participation, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco
Leadership training in India, an activist convention in Egypt, and human rights movement building in Marrakesh... These are just a few of the exciting activities happening around the Partnership this fall.
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.
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