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“The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Men in the Kyrgyz Republic. Operational Gender Analysis as of May 15, 2020.

The report on the results of the study “Impact of COVID-19 on the situation of women and men in the Kyrgyz Republic. Operational gender analysis as of May 15, 2020.”

The report of gender analysis was conducted from April 23 to May 15 by “Agency of Social Technologies” NGO in partnership with “SIAR research and consulting” international research company and NGOs “Association of Crisis Centers (Association of Centers)”, “Women Forum “Kurak”, “Business Initiative Women”, “Resource Center for the Elderly”, “PF Open Line “Kyz Ala – Kachuu”, Public Foundation “AIDS Foundation East-West in the Kyrgyz Republic” with the financial support of UN Women UN Women In Kyrgyzstan”, the Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic, the European Union and UNFPA in Kyrgyzstan.

The Operational Gender Analysis is part of the efforts of the Kyrgyz Republic aimed at fulfilling international human rights obligations, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”, and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. All of these documents contain commitments by states to take into account the special needs and requirements of women and girls in crisis situations.

It is clear that globally, the pandemic has affected women and men differently, limiting their economic opportunities and increasing inequality and gender-based violence.

In Kyrgyzstan, this situation has its own specifics associated with the peculiarities of the geographical location of the country, the dependence of the economy on the situation in neighboring countries due to the high level of external labor migration.

The results of the Operational Gender Analysis for Kyrgyzstan have shown that women, especially from vulnerable groups who face multiple discrimination, were much more affected by the impact of the crisis compared to men.

In any crisis situation, it is important to ensure that the population has access to public services of primary importance and humanitarian assistance, including for women, girls and vulnerable groups.

According to the study, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on women and men in the Kyrgyz Republic, in particular increasing the burden on women. Isolation, economic crisis, severe travel restrictions, overburdened health care systems, social protection, distance learning for all children and students at almost all levels of education increased the burden on all segments of the population. The results of the study show that a special burden fell on the shoulders of women, especially women from vulnerable groups.

link to the report https://datkayim.kalantarov.pro/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/rus_gender-rapid-assessment-of-covid-19-impact_june-2020_final.pdf

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