Bishkek – On May 17, 2018 the Public Association "Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges", in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, launched a series of guest lectures for students of universities and colleges (vocational institutions) in all regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. The guest lectures are aimed at increasing students' awareness of Free Legal Aid Centers established countrywide, improving their knowledge about the judicial system, and providing details about the new Law on Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence. The series of guest lectures are being held as part of the project "Increasing knowledge of citizens about obtaining legal information", with the support of the Collaborative Governance Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the East-West Management Institute.
During the guest lectures, the judges will inform over 1,200 students from over 40 universities and colleges about Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) and the interactive map of legal service providers www.legalmap.gov.kg of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic. The students will also learn about the role and structure of the judicial system and about the online resource of judicial acts www.sot.kg of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic, where judicial decisions and other information on the work of courts are published. In addition, the students will receive booklets, brochures and video PSA demonstrations aimed at improving access to justice for the most vulnerable groups of the population in Kyrgyzstan.
The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government 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 Development Policy Institute, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, conducted two workshops on the theme: "Monitoring and evaluation of public benefit projects under the State Social Procurement Program" for the staff of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic and its Chui Oblast territorial units. During the workshop, the participants were familiarized with survey questionnaires, studied the principles of conducting a survey, and role played monitoring and evaluation of a project. This workshop will help the staff of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and its territorial units to study and use monitoring and evaluation tools for implementation of public benefit projects as a part of the State Social Procurement Program. More info is on DPI site: http://dpi.kg/ru/press-room/news/full/1319.html

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Workshop participants study monitoring and evaluation tools with the support of the trainer.

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During the workshop, the participants worked interactively in a team and in pairs to understand how to apply the suggested monitoring and evaluation tools in practice.

 

On April 26, 2018, a conference was held in Bishkek to discuss the secondary legal acts to the Law on Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence to present them to the Government for approval. The Law on Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence was adopted by Parliament and signed by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic in late April 2017. Subsequently, USAID Collaborative Governance Program supported Association of Crisis Centers’ (ACC) initiative and the request of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to develop legal mechanisms for implementation of the law and provide expert support to the Ministry in drafting four secondary legal acts. As a result, four regulations were drafted and presented for discussion during a series of one-day workshops organized countrywide in March-April 2018. During the workshops, over 420 representatives of civil society organizations, local self-government bodies, health and education sectors discussed and elaborated a set of recommendations for the secondary legal acts and drafted joint work plans for implementation of the law. 

In addition, sub-recipient Public Fund Open Line has been conducting a media campaign to raise public awareness on the new law by broadcasting five video PSAs, TV and Radio programs and interviews, and disseminating information via social media.

 

Photo 2 ACCs Conference ACCs with Kimberly Rosen 26 04 2018

Mission Director of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen (second from left) noted in her opening remarks: “USAID has long supported efforts to reduce gender-based violence in the Kyrgyz Republic and will continue to do so in accordance with the Kyrgyz Government’s efforts to promote gender equality and address the problem of domestic abuse.”

Photo 3 ACCs Conference ACCs participants 26 04 2018

Over 60 representatives of civil society organizations, Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, local self-government bodies, and health and education sectors participated in the conference.

Photo 4 ACCs Conference presentation ACCs 26 04 2018

The Conference participants were familiarized with statistical data on registered criminal cases as a result of domestic violence.

The below quest "To decide whether or not to take protection of your neighbors in cases of domestic violence" was developed as part of the campaign "Be informed - Law on Safeguarding and Protection Against Domestic Violence" conducted by the Public Foundation "Open Line" with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program implemented by East-West Management Institute in the Kyrgyz Republic. More detailed info at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg3B0fg33IA or at: https://www.facebook.com/ZakonNaTvoeyStorone/posts/335845333605788

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Do not leave victims of violence without attention, react and call the police! Under the law, the district police officer will be able to issue a protection order to the aggressor for three days, which the victim can extend for thirty days.

On April 19, 2018, the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP), inaugurated Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in the city of Naryn and in Kochkor village of Naryn Oblast. These centers provide free legal consultations to citizens, including the rural population and vulnerable groups, and increase the public’s knowledge of human rights and available resources to improve access to justice. The USAID CGP is assisting the Ministry of Justice in its initiative to increase the availability of legal aid and previously supported the opening of four FLACs, including in Isfana and Kadamjay in Batken Oblast, and in Jalal-Abad city and Bazar-Korgon village in Jalal-Abad Oblast. The USAID CGP also provides technical assistance to improve the quality of the legal services provided by the 20 existing FLACs around the country.

More info covered by Naryn TV: https://youtu.be/b_ltLrmy4MY

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Deputy Prosecutor of Kochkor district, Counselor of Justice of the second grade Shaparkul Abdyrazaev (from left), Mission Director of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen, Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akzhol Kalbekov, and Chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raiymkulov cut a ribbon to inaugurate the new Free Legal Aid Center in Kochkor village of Naryn Oblast.

Photo Opening of FLACs Naryn 19 04 2018 nr IMG 5932

Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akzhol Kalbekov (from left), Head of the Kochkor District State Administration Nurlan Kerimkulov, Mission Director of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen, and Project Management Specialist of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Erkin Konurbaev with participants of the inauguration ceremony at the new Free Legal Aid Center in Kochkor village, Naryn Oblast.

Photo FLAC opening ceremony 19 04 2018

Mission Director of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen (from left), Plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Amanbai Kaiypov, Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akzhol Kalbekov, and Chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raiymkulov cut a ribbon to inaugurate the new Free Legal Aid Center in Naryn city of Naryn Oblast.