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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 the gender analysis was conducted in the period from April 23 to May 15 by the NGO “Agency of Social Technologies” in partnership with the international research company “SIAR research and consulting” and the NGO “Association of Crisis Centers (Association of Centers)”, “Women’s Forum “Kurak” and “Business Initiative Women”, “Resource Center for the Elderly, 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.

Conducting an Operational Gender Analysis is part of the Kyrgyz Republic’s efforts to implement international human rights commitments, 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 Goals for Sustainable Development until 2030. All these documents contain state obligations to take into account the special needs and requirements of women and girls in crises.

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 specifics of the country’s geographical location, its 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 showed that women, especially those from vulnerable groups that face multiple discrimination, were much more affected by the crisis than men.

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

According to the research results, the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt the situation of women and men in the Kyrgyz Republic, particularly increasing the burden on women. Isolation, economic crisis, severe travel restrictions, congestion of health care and social protection systems, organization of distance learning for all children and students at almost all levels of education have increased the burden on all segments of the population. The results of the research show that women, first of all from vulnerable groups, bear a special burden.

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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