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.