Central Asia celebrates International Women's Day


BISHKEK -- Central Asian states marked International Women's Day Friday (March 8).

"March 8 brings harmony and freshness to our world," said Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev while meeting in Astana with women Thursday (March 7) for International Women's Day, according to

Meanwhile, the Kyrgyz government released some statistics about the country's women.

Among women of working age, 47.6% are employed, said the government. The average age of working women is 38 years.

Kyrgyz women most often work in health care, social services, education, hospitality and wholesale and retail trade, it added.

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