International Day of the Girl Child: Over 400 Girls Sign Resolution Calling for Promotion of Girls' Rights

11 October 2023
Participants of KyzTalks
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

UNICEF and the American University in Central Asia (AUCA) hosted KyzTalks, an event dedicated to the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on 11th October. During the event, more than 400 girls presented a symbolic resolution highlighting their primary concerns and needs. The document was handed over to Asel Chynbaeva, Ombudsperson for Children's Rights in Kyrgyzstan.

The resolution enabled the girls to voice their concerns regarding various issues such as access to quality education, school facilities for hygiene and health, safe roads and public transportation, clean air and ecology, discrimination and violence, and the importance of working with parents. They also called for an end to early marriages and the protection of the rights and freedoms of girls, including the right to travel within and outside the country.

Asel Chynbaeva, Ombudsperson for Children's Rights in Kyrgyzstan, when accepting this resolution, noted that girls always hold a special place: "Today, you have vast opportunities. Through education and openness, share what you have. Remember that you always have the right to say 'no, I do not want this'."

At the event, more than 400 girls from schools in Chui Oblast and Bishkek listened to inspirational speeches by women leaders from various sectors such as business, IT, and civic activism. Among the speakers were Alina Kubanychbekova, a peer trainer for the Girls in Science project; Aizat Ruslanova, Executive Director of IDEA Central Asia; Aizada Madambekova, Chief Financial Officer of Beeline Kyrgyzstan; Aikanysh Saparalieva, Country Manager of Glovo; and Elena Chigibaeva, co-founder of the community of girls and women in crypto.

The event also included competitions, a fair, and songs performed by Biykech and Aiym Aiylchieva.

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the Girls in Science program, which has reached over 50,000 girls in Kyrgyzstan. They attended training sessions on STEM and leadership provided by their peers. UNICEF surveys revealed that the program participants' awareness of STEM subjects increased more than tenfold. The second phase of the program is expected to reach 10,000 students from 50 schools in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Naryn, and Chui provinces.

Sylvi Hill, UNICEF Acting Representative in Kyrgyzstan, urged everyone to support the girls in all their endeavours: "We admire your unwavering strength. You are moving forward towards your goals despite all the difficulties and obstacles. Girls can achieve anything, and what we can do is support them and amplify their voices," she said.

According to the National Statistical Committee, one in five people in Kyrgyzstan are girls aged between 10 and 19. Investing in girls, in their leadership and well-being, is an investment in the development of Kyrgyzstan as a whole.

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Kairatbek Murzakimov
Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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