Bishkek, Nov.25, 2019. /Kabar/. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Kyrgyz Republic launches 16 Days Against Violence campaign, the press service of the Government reported.
This campaign, aimed at increasing the intolerance of the society to domestic and gender violence, awareness-raising of all forms of violence among the compatriots, will last until Dec. 11, Human Rights Day.
16 Days Against Violence brings together governments throughout the world, survivor communities, activists and the public in an effort to highlight the urgent need to end violence against women and girls through events, rallies and campaigns.
Combating domestic violence is an urgent problem and the level of prevalence of domestic violence in the Kyrgyz Republic remains high.
In the first 10 months of 2019, 5,185 cases of domestic violence were registered, including 3647 cases of physical violence, 1,362 cases of psychological violence, 7 cases of sexual violence, 1 case of economic violence and 168 cases of neglect.
In order to combat early marriage and violence against women and girls, the Kyrgyz Republic has ratified a number of UN Conventions: the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1994), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1996), the Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriage (1996), and acceded to the Beijing Platform for Action (1995).
Kyrgyzstan was one of the first in the Commonwealth of Independent States to adopt the Law “On Social and Legal Protection from Domestic Violence", thus recognizing domestic violence as a dangerous and unacceptable phenomenon, which should be fought by the relevant state bodies, local authorities and the public.
Within the framework of the 16 Days of Campaign against Violence, the Kyrgyz Republic has identified the following priority areas to combat violence against women and girls:
- Introduction, updating or expansion of national action plans to end violence against women and girls;
- Introducing or developing services for women survivors of violence (e.g. help lines, specialized health services, legal support, justice, counselling, temporary shelters);
- Developing information strategies to prevent violence against women and girls, raising public awareness and changing attitudes and behaviour;
- The role of local authorities in mobilizing the community at the local level to work together to create a culture of non-violent behaviour in society, to create intolerance to any form of discrimination.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.