Bishkek – Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges is inviting journalist to a presentation of a new study on the scale of sexual harassment of women and girls at workplace. This is the first study of its kind conducted in the Kyrgyz Republic. It was carried out with support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. The presentation will take place on November 22 from 14:30 to 18:00 p.m. at the Park Hotel Bishkek (87 Orozbekov Str).
 
Journalists will have an opportunity to learn about the study results: scale, types, and forms of sexual harassment in Kyrgyzstan, and the experts’ assessment of the consequences of such harassment. The association will also present research recommendations general discussion with a view of amending the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic. 
 
The research was conducted as part of the project “Empowering Women and Girls to Access Justice in Case of Sexual Harassment.” It was based on a survey that included women and girls from state, municipal, and law enforcement bodies, small and medium-sized businesses, and university students. 
 
Among the key speakers of the event are the Members of Parliament Elvira Surabaldieva and Aisuluu Mamasheva, Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chynara Aidarbekova, Minister of Labor and Social Development Ulugbek Kochkorov and USAID Mission Director in the Kyrgyz Republic Gary Linden. 
 
Contact info for accreditation: Zulfiya Turumbekova, Executive Director, Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges, e-mail: kawjoffice@gmail.com, zulya2007@inbox.ru, 0555 333 217.
 
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The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society and the state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).
 

The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CSP), implemented by the East-West Management Institute, and in cooperation with the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid Coordination Center, the Ministry of Justice and donor organizations, works to increase the demand for the rule of law in Kyrgyzstan by educating the public about the justice system and the rule of law generally, and to increase access to justice, particularly for vulnerable populations, with a focus on victims of domestic violence. For more information about CGP program activities, see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIP1gB7sGlQ&feature=youtu.be

Bishkek. On November 5, 2019, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic (MLSD) held a conference on state social procurement. Over 100 representatives from government and non-government organizations attended it. It was confirmed during the conference that the state social procurement became an effective mechanism that allows the government to cooperate with civil society organizations so that the most vulnerable groups of the population have increased access to quality social services. The event was held in collaboration with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program and the Development Policy Institute. 
 
In 2013, the MLSD was the only state body implementing state social procurement with a budget totaling 13, 9 million KGS. In 2019, there are three state bodies (MLSD, the State Agency for Youth, Sports, and Physical Culture, and the Ministry of Health) and five municipalities implementing SSP with a total budget of 43, 8 million KGS. The Ministry of Education developed its state social procurement program to increase children’s access to preschool education and plans to provide social vouchers to families in need. 
 
Since 2017, the Development Policy Institute, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, has been helping the MLSD, municipalities and civil society organizations to introduce social procurement mechanisms at the national and municipal levels. At the national level, the procedures for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of social procurement and the mechanisms of interaction between MLSD and civil society organizations, as executors of social procurement projects, were improved. The implementation practice of the Law on State Social Procurement, developed with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, was evaluated. Participating municipalities include the cities of Batken, Kochkor-Ata, Osh, Karakol, as well as the Uzun-Kyr, Lenin, and Kyzyl-Oktyabr aiyl aimaks. In 2019, the participating municipalities awarded ten state social procurement grants totaling 1,950,000 KGS for social projects. These focused on supporting migrants’ children, disabled children, homeless people, elderly people, victims of domestic violence, etc. It is important that local councils (keneshes) supported the introduction of an innovative approach, and approved the municipal social procurement programs.
 
“State social procurement is new for us,” noted the Vice Mayor of Karakol, Gulnaz Orozova, but “we have understood that social procurement is an opportunity to work with civil society organizations to resolve priority social problems of people in need, to develop a market of non-governmental providers of social services, and to apply innovative methods in addressing pressing issues of social development.”  
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(From left to right) Nadezhda Dobrestova, Chair of the Board of the Development Policy Institute,  Noel Bauer, Democracy and Governance Office Director, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic; Deputy Department Head on Civil Society, Religious and Ethnic Policy under the President's Office; Gary Linden, Mission Director of the USAID in the Kyrgyz Republic, making opening remarks; and Zhanyl Alybaeva, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, are at the conference "Experience and Perspectives of State Social Procurement in the Kyrgyz Republic - 2019". 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) is a $9.5 million investment over five years to promote collaboration between civil society and the state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).
 

The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CSP), implemented by the East-West Management Institute, and in cooperation with the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid Coordination Center, the Ministry of Justice and donor organizations, works to increase the demand for the rule of law in Kyrgyzstan by educating the public about the justice system and the rule of law generally, and to increase access to justice, particularly for vulnerable populations, with a focus on victims of domestic violence. For more information about CGP program activities, see the video:

Bishkek. On November 5, 2019, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, in cooperation with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program and Development Policy Institute, is organizing a conference entitled “Experience and Perspectives of State Social Procurement in the Kyrgyz Republic”. The conference will start from 10:00 a.m. to 16:00 at the Sheraton Bishkek Hotel, 148 B Kievskaya Street.
 
Journalists will have an opportunity to learn about latest progress in implementing the Law on State Social Procurement, which allows the government to partner with non-government organizations in providing various services. Cities and local governments from Issyk-Kul, Osh and Chui Oblasts will share their best practices and lessons learned in using social procurement. 
 
Among the key speakers of the event are the Head of the Department on Civil Development, Religious and Ethnic Policy of the President’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic Nazgul Tashpaeva, the Minister of Labor and Social Development Ulugbek Kochkorov, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director Gary Linden. 
 
Contact info for accreditation: 0554 011 049 и 0779-144 133 (Kymbat Kadyralieva), Press Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development 
 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society and the state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).