“It was very difficult, but I knew that the whole Kyrgyzstan relied on us”

Satiney Akylbekova, the leader of the junior women’s national football team of Kyrgyz Republic at the meeting with girls from new settlements

19 July 2018
Девочки из новостроек на встрече с лидерами юношеской женской сборной по футболу КР

BISHKEK, 19 July 2018 – Kyrgyzstan hosts an international football tournament “Nadezhda” among junior women’s national teams of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Under the initiative “Girls can” of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Football Federation of Kyrgyz Republic leaders from the junior women’s national team had an inspirational talk with girls from new settlements of the city of Bishkek.

“It was extremely hot outside, it was very difficult, but I knew that the whole Kyrgyzstan relied on us and I scored”, - said a 14-year-old Satiney Akylbekova about her winning goal in the match with Tajikistan that took on place on 17 July.

Football players shared the stories of their achievements and results. They also talked about how they overcame difficulties by keeping self-control and discipline.

17 girl-leaders from three new settlements of the city of Bishkek (“Kelechek”, “Kalys-Ordo”, “Ak-Ordo”) participated in this inspirational talk with football players. They were asking questions on the topics of their interests. The girls, who were invited to the meeting were the girls from the socially vulnerable families: low-income families, external and internal migrant families, etc. This kind of meetings help girls to realize their potential, to see the opportunities for the development.

There are 49 new settlements around Bishkek, with 250,000 internal migrants living there. 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.

“The most vulnerable among children-migrants are adolescent girls and young women. They often do not have documents, drop school, get married early, and do not have the opportunity to fulfill their potential because they lack self-confidence and social skills”, said Jipara Turmamatova, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan Gender Specialist, project coordinator “Empowerment of adolescent boys and girls in new settlements in Bishkek”

Media Contacts

Veronika Vashchenko
Chief of Communication
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan
Tel: +996 777 919 142


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