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).
 
On October 23, 2019, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, in cooperation with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, will host a conference entitled “Local Mechanisms for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence”. Achievements of the 27 Committees on Prevention Domestic Violence (CPDVs) operating in four districts of Issyk-Kul and Osh Oblasts and nine new settlements of Bishkek to be presented to the participants. The conference will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 192 Abdrakhmanov Street.
The participants include  Vice Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) Aida Kasmalieva, Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Altynai Omurbekova, Minister of Labor and Social Development Ulukbek Kochkorov, deputies, representatives of state bodies, USAID, civil society, and local Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence (CPDVs). 
A Press Café to be held at 15:00 with representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Association of Crisis Centers, the Public Union “Abiyir El”, the Public Fund “DIA”, and Committees on Prevention Domestic Violence from Bishkek city, Issyk-Kul and Osh Oblasts. 
The CPDV activists will share their best practices to prevent domestic violence, lessons learned, and further plans for development and strengthening the capacity of CPDVs.
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).

 

There are more than 18,000 children under the age of five in Kyrgyzstan, who do not have birth certificates. These are the so-called “invisible” children. Read a moving story about Avaz, a 10-year-old boy from Tokmok, a small city not far from Bishkek, who until recently was among them as well. 

Since 2016, over 132,000 people have received legal assistance from 25 Free Legal Aid Centers established by the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid. Many of the MoJ’s initiatives were supported by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, the joint project of the Finnish Foreign Ministry - UNDP "Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic", and Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan.  
INVISIBLE NO MORE by USAID Kyrgyz Republic on Exposure

There are more than 18,000 children under the age of five in Kyrgyzstan, who do not have birth certificates. These are the so-called “invisible” children. Read a moving story about Avaz, a 10-year-old boy from Tokmok, a small city not far from Bishkek, who until recently was among them as well. 

Since 2016, over 132,000 people have received legal assistance from 25 Free Legal Aid Centers established by the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid. Many of the MoJ’s initiatives were supported by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, the joint project of the Finnish Foreign Ministry - UNDP "Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic", and Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan.  
INVISIBLE NO MORE by USAID Kyrgyz Republic

On August 1, 2019, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic adopted a Decree to implement the 2017 Law on Safeguarding and Protecting from Domestic Violence. The adopted legal acts will help the government to tackle domestic violence more effectively by introducing a procedure for interaction between government bodies in cases of domestic violence. This mechanism assumes that a family that finds itself in a situation of domestic violence will be provided with comprehensive support through joint actions of state bodies. Each entity is required to record and transmit information to each other about cases of domestic violence in order to jointly assist the victim. For those who have committed domestic violence, a standard correctional program has been approved.
 
The Association of Crisis Centers, the Gender Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and the Interagency Working Group, with support from the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, developed the secondary legal acts and organized broad public discussions in all regions of the country with over 500 representatives of civil society organizations and state bodies.
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Participants at a workshop reviewing the draft legal secondary acts on implementation of the Law “On Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence” to provide their comments and suggestions.