Bishkek – On March 7, 2016, ahead of International Women’s Day, the Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges will host a ceremony to present awards to ten journalists for their exceptional reporting on emerging women leaders of the Kyrgyz Republic. The ceremony will take place from 14:00-15:00 at the American Corner (America Borboro) located in the Bayalinov Library for Children and Youth (242 Ogonbaev st., 2nd floor, Bishkek). This journalism contest was organized with the support of the United States and the United Kingdom.

U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic Feruza Jamasheva, Member of Jogorku Kenesh Cholpon Sultanbekova, representatives of civil society organizations and international organizations will attend the ceremony.

Journalists from across the Kyrgyz Republic submitted over 70 articles highlighting notable emerging women leaders of Kyrgyzstan as part of the contest. During the ceremony, the ten winning journalists and the ten women featured in their stories will be recognized for their achievements and leadership. In the coming months, the emerging women leaders will take part in a mentoring program and the winning journalists will receive enhanced professional training tailored to their needs. 

This contest and the project are part of the Collaborative Governance Program, which aims to strengthen the partnership between government, civil society and the private sector in the Kyrgyz Republic. The program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).

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