Bishkek. The Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice will hold its regular meeting with representatives of more than 40 civil society organizations and university legal clinics. The main goal of the meeting is to improve interaction in order to more effectively provide legal assistance and ensure access to justice in the Kyrgyz Republic. The meeting will be held on February 21, 2019, from 9.00 to 13.00 in the Park Hotel at 87 Orozbekov St.
 
The participants plan to discuss and approve a regulation as well as an action plan of the civil society organizations network created to strengthen interaction between legal aid providers.
 
During the meeting, a new Government Decree of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Approval of the Procedures for Interaction of Entities of the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid System” will be presented. The decree provides a detailed description of the roles of all entities and procedures of interaction in the provision of legal aid. 
 
The Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid will also present the list of documents entitling the right to receive competent legal assistance, aimed to ensure prompt and appropriate provision of legal aid to citizens. 
 
The meeting is organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program implemented by the East-West Management Institute in the Kyrgyz Republic and the UN Development Program and the Finland Foreign Ministry’s project “Towards Sustainable Access to Justice for Improving Legal Opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic”. 
 
 
On February 15, 2019, the Public Union “Women Support Center” and representatives of three Bishkek settlements shared the results of the project “The Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (CPDV) as an Effective Tool for the Prevention of Domestic Violence” at press briefing in AKIpress Press Center. As part of the project, implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, 211 residents of three Bishkek settlements (Kalys Ordo, Kolmo and Ak Bosogo), including both men and women, attended 12 workshops and learned about existing domestic violence legislation and how to respond to cases of domestic violence and improve relationships between family members.
The project provided support to the CPDVs of the three settlements to strengthen their capacity and implement initiatives for the elimination of domestic violence in their communities.
 Photo 1 Opening the press cafe IMG 7739

Head of the АКИpress Press Center Rabiga Sadykova (fourth from right) opens the press briefing to share the results of the project “The Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (CPDV) as an Effective Tool for the Prevention of Domestic Violence” implemented by Public Union Women Support Center with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.

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Representatives of all three Bishkek settlements sharing the results of the project implementation in their communities. CPDV member Kenjebeck Imankulov (second from right) telling about the work done in three Bishkek settlements.

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Both men and women are active members of CPDVs.

Photo 4 CPDV member mother in law UUlai Shadieva Kolmo IMG 7797

Member of CPDV Uulai Shadieva sharing her experience on working with young daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law and on improving relationships between family members.

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A memory photo of the press briefing participants after sharing the results of the project implementation and discussing further plans of CPDVs in their communities.

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A member of youth committee under CPDV, Kanykey Umarova (from right), responds to the question from the media.

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Representatives of CPDVs of different age and gender together with the volunteer (first from right) working on improving relationships between family members.

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Representative of PU Women Support Center Baken Dosalieva facilitates the press briefing.

 

The Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan (ALCK) works to strengthen the interaction between legal clinics, FLA Coordination Center, Bar of the Kyrgyz Republic, and relevant Universities to increase access to free legal aid for vulnerable population. On February 11, 2019, the ALCK organized a working group meeting with all partners to discuss further interaction and signing an Agreement of Cooperation. 

More info on ALCK’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alckyrgyzstan/posts/2192610280991121

 Photo of 1st WG meeting 14 02 2019

Participants of the first Working Group meeting include: Director of the Free Legal Aid Coordination Center(FLA CC) Akzhol Kalbekov, Deputy Director of the FLA CC Zhyldyz Ryskulova, representatives of legal clinics Aliya Kalybaeva and Dzhangasynova G., expert attorney Avanova S.A., and President of the Association of Legal Clinics Artur Bakirov and experts.

Bishkek, AKIpress News Agency Press Center (129, Moskovskaya Street).  On February 15, 2019, 10 a.m., a press briefing will be held for the media to inform on the results of the project “The Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (CPDV)  as an Effective Tool for the Prevention of Domestic Violence”.  
 
At the press briefing, the participants will share the results of the workshops aimed to support the implementation of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence and to prevent domestic violence. In addition, the participants will discuss further steps for CPDVs to eliminate domestic violence in Bishkek settlements. 
 
The project is implemented by the Public Union “Women Support Center”, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. The participants at the event will include representatives of relevant authorities and civil society, CPDV members, and residents of three targeted settlements of Bishkek.
 
As part of the project, 211 residents of three Bishkek settlements (Kalys Ordo, Kolmo and Ak Bosogo), including both men and women, attended 12 workshops and learned about existing domestic violence legislation and how to respond to cases of domestic violence and improve relationships between family members. 
 
The project provided support to the CPDVs of the three settlements to strengthen their capacity and implement initiatives for the elimination of domestic violence in their communities.
 
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).
 
Agenda of the Press Briefing
 
10:00 – 10:15 – Coffee-break.   
 
10:15 – 10: 20 – Greetings; introduction of speakers 
 
10:20 – 10:30 – Presentation of project results  
 
10: 30 – 10:40 – CPDV activities to combat domestic violence
 
10:40 – 11:00 – Community residents sharing their experience and opinions  
 
11:00 – 11:20 – Discussion of further steps to be made by CPDVs to prevent domestic violence 
 
11:20 – 11:30 – Wrap-up. 
 
On February 5-6, 2019, representatives of Public Union “Abiyir El”, Public Union “Rural Life”, Public Foundation “DIA”, Public Foundation “Gulmaydan”, Association of Crisis Centers and Public Union “Equal Rights” took part in a seminar on the theme “Building the Work of Local Committees to Prevent Domestic Violence”. During the seminar, the participants were familiarized with a situational review of domestic violence, studied the legislation in the field of safeguarding and protection against domestic violence, discussed goals and objectives as well as principles of formation of local committees for prevention of domestic violence (CPDVs), and planned the activities of local CPDVs. 
 
The Association of Crisis Centers, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic and with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, held the seminar as a part of the project entitled “Promoting Local Committees for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence”. The project is aimed at implementing the Law “On Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence” and strengthening the development capacity of the Committees for CPDVs in 27 local communities of Ak-Suu and Jety-Oguz Ryons of Issyk-Kul Oblast, Nookat and Karasuu Rayons of Osh Oblast, and in settlements of Bishkek, Chui Oblast.
 
 Training in Cholpon Aty

Members of the PU “Abiyir El” working together with representatives of other CSOs to be prepared for implementation of the project “Promoting Local Committees for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence” in coordination with other CSO partners.

Abiyir El Training in IKO

Chair of the PU “Abiyir El” Azis Toktosunov actively participates in a two-day training to get prepared for implementation of the project in Issyk-Kul Oblast.