Women's Rights

Kyrgyz girls head to US for intensive technology training programme

The annual TechGirls programme seeks to empower young women from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia to pursue higher education and careers in science and technology.

International Women's Day renews focus on rights abuses in Central Asia

International human rights organisations call out continuing problems of gender inequality and domestic violence in the region.

Kyrgyzstan works toward eradicating bride kidnapping

The brutal murder of a woman inside a police station last year shocked the nation and prompted government action about this issue.

Regional conference in Astana promotes women's rights in Afghanistan

Kazakhstan called on neighbouring states and the international community to 'promote and expand' the rights and opportunities of their 'Afghan sisters'.

Kyrgyz murder sparks revulsion toward bride kidnapping

The killing of 20-year-old Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy by her alleged abductor has brought to the forefront the issue of gender-based violence across Kyrgyzstan.

Violence against women in Central Asia alarms activists

At risk of bride kidnapping and domestic violence, women are struggling for their legal rights.

Strawberry project helps Tajik women achieve financial independence

California strawberries, adapted to the conditions in Khatlon Province, are bringing a stable income to Tajik women and their families.

Kyrgyz citizens take stand against bride kidnapping, violence against women

Politicians, civil society activists, artists and schoolchildren are protesting the murder of 19-year-old Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy, who was killed, allegedly by her abductor, last month.

UN-EU project empowering women in Kyrgyzstan

The 3-year project is aimed at tackling the root causes of violence against women, such as gender stereotypes and harmful gender norms.

Despite legal gains, violence and discrimination still afflict Central Asian women

One in three Central Asian women endures beatings, sexual abuse or other mistreatment, according to UN Women.

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