Gender Issues in KYRGYZSTAN

29 Mar


5.4 million
Sex ratio:
0.96 male/female
Key issues:

  • violence against women
  • forced marriage
  • traditional stereotypes / cultural norms
    • prevent women from fully exercising their rights to own property.
    • women are often refused credit because they are unable to offer sufficient guarantees.


  • Spousal rape is punishable under Kyrgyz legislation.
  • Article 3 of the Constitution of  Kyrgyzstan prohibits all discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnic origin or religious belief.
  • Article 8 recognises the existence of certain discriminatory traditions or customary norms that are obstacles to gender equality in the country.
  • 2003 Law on Social-Legal Protection from Domestic Violence
    • designed to prevent, rather than penalise, such violence.

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