The project was launched in Kyrgyzstan “HERo – New narratives towards a gender equal sociеty
The project “HERo – New narratives towards a gender-equal sociеty” is implemented by the NGO “Agency for Social Technologies” and the Center for Creativity Danilo Dolci with the support of the European Union.
The project is aimed at supporting government agencies, civil society organizations, mass media in promoting gender equality and preventing gender discrimination, and disseminating positive gender narratives at all levels of society.
General Project goal: Support transformation of deep-rooted patriarchal behavioral attitudes in society by eliminating the propaganda of gender and social discrimination in education, mass media, and applying effective and productive response to gender discrimination by MSD 5.
Main areas of activity for specific project goals:
Contribute to the institutionalization of mandatory anti-discrimination and gender expertise of standards and training materials, as well as to increase the gender competence of educational personnel in KR to ensure implementation of the objectives of the National Action Plan on Gender Equality for 2018-2020 and the Strategy for Education Development until 2020.
The project will support the Ministry of Education and Science of KR and other educational organizations in implementing anti-discrimination and gender expertise of standards and training materials, increase gender competence of education workers, and conduct an information campaign for girls aimed at changing gender stereotypes in the choice of profession. Civil society organizations, including religious organizations and clergy in all regions of the country, will be involved in efforts to combat the dropout of girls from school because of their parents’ religious beliefs and patriarchal cultural norms, and early marriage.
Facilitate the development and introduction of gender-sensitive journalism standards in Kyrgyzstan to support the implementation of task 31.3 of the National Action Plan on Gender Equality for 2018-2020.
The project, together with the mass media, will develop and introduce gender-sensitive journalism standards by UNESCO recommendations on gender aspects for the mass media. Methodological support will be provided to universities on the application of these standards in training journalism professionals. Facilitate better cooperation between media and gender NGOs and experts.
Improve coordinated interagency collaboration to prevent and respond to gender-based discrimination and violence at the national and local levels through capacity building of gender responsible ministries, agencies, local self-government bodies, and organizing committees on protection and defense against family and gender-based violence at the community level.
Activities and training will be carried out for civil servants responsible for gender issues from ministries and departments and for local self-government bodies to improve coordination and interagency cooperation in implementing gender policies and preventing and responding to gender-based discrimination at the national and local levels. Methodological and informational assistance in creating and supporting the activities of committees on protection and defense against family and gender violence at the community level. Assistance in building the capacity of civil society organizations to work effectively with government agencies and local self-government bodies to advance the gender agenda.