Children in new settlements in the city of Bishkek get support
Bishkek, 21 June 2018 – UNICEF and partners launched a new program “Empowerment of adolescent boys and girls in new settlements in Bishkek”. Children from five residential areas in Bishkek (Ak-Bata, Kalys-Ordo, Ene-Say, Jenish, Ak-Ordo) will participate in the initiative. They will obtain informal education in personal development, leadership and social skills. Adolescent girls and boys will be assisted in choosing future professions and in promoting their opinions at school and city levels. There will be various discussions in the community about problems faced by teenagers.
There are 49 new settlements around Bishkek, with 250,000 internal migrants living there. Only one in seven people has water pipes inside the house. People living in these new settlements face many difficulties due to lack of infrastructure, proper transportation, schools and kindergartens in the area. Currently, 170,000 people are unable to use social services because they do not have registration.
“Children of internal migrants belong to the most vulnerable group in Kyrgyzstan. Due to many factors, particularly, because of poverty, they are at high risk of violence, exploitation and abuse”, said Jipara Turmamatova, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan Gender Specialist.
The most vulnerable among children-migrants are adolescent girls and young women. According to the research, 23 per cent of all women in Kyrgyzstan between age 15-49 experienced physical violence at least once since age of 15. Girls and young women from new settlement, especially from families in difficult life situations, often do not have documents. They drop school, get married early, do not have the opportunity to fulfill their potential because they lack self-confidence, social skills and due to gender stereotypes that stop them from continuing education and finding their path in life.
This project will last until July 2019. This program is implemented by “Child Protection Center” within the project “Promotion of social and gender equality for peace and reconciliation in in new settlements” jointly with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and with the support of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Kyrgyzstan, visit www.unicef.org/kyrgyzstan.