Kyrgyzstan celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the CRC ratification by Kyrgyzstan

19 November 2019
Gala Concert at the Kyrgyz Academic Opera and Ballet Theater
UNICEF/Kyrgyzstan/2019/Bektur Janibekov

Bishkek, 19 November 2019 – A series of events will take place this week to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC@30), and the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention by Kyrgyzstan. The main events will happen on November 20, for World Children´s Day.

The week will start with “Kids Take Overs”, in which children from all over Kyrgyzstan will take over the position of high-level representatives from the Government, national and international organizations, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Altynay Omurbekova and several ambassadors (see the comprehensive list below).

On November 20, children will meet Members of the Parliament at the Parliament and a dialogue around children’s rights will be held with children asking questions to parliamentarians. In the afternoon, a Gala Concert will take place at the Kyrgyz Academic Opera and Ballet Theater “Abdylas Maldybaev”.  Hundreds of children will attend a programme comprising music and dance performances, the reading of articles of the Convention, and short speeches in which children will express their views on their rights.

In addition, iconic buildings of Kyrgyzstan will go blue at night on November 20 to mark World Children´s Day, including Ala Too Square in Bishkek, Burana Tower in Tokmok, and Sulaiman-Too in Osh.

The programme of events started on November 13, with the inauguration of a special exhibition dedicated to child rights at the National Museum of Fine Arts that will run till December 1st.

In connection with the programme of events for the 30th anniversary of the CRC, UNICEF is supporting, under the auspices of the President of Kyrgyzstan, the Tumar Campaign, aimed to end violence against children in Kyrgyzstan.

The online petition of the campaign, showing support to end violence against children, has already collected over 8,000 signatures – Petition is available here in Russian and here in Kyrgyz.   

List of Kids Take Overs

  • Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan
  • The Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism
  • The Minister of Labor and Social Development (Pictures attached)
  • The EU Ambassador (Pictures attached)
  • The Russian Ambassador (Pictures attached)
  • The UK Ambassador (Pictures attached)
  • The US Ambassador
  • The Governor of Batken
  • The Mayor of Batken
  • The Mayor of Osh

Media Contacts

Mavliuda Dzhaparova
Communication Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan
Tel: +996 777 919 142

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