“Women’s Rights are Human Rights” – installation closing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

On the International Human Rights Day, December 10th 2012 Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, volunteers and partners of the UN General Secretary’s UNiTE Kyrgyzstan campaign carried out an awareness raising event  for residents and guests of Bishkek City –  a public installation “Stop the war of violence against women and girls: women’s rights are human rights”. The installation marked the closing of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign, which took place on November 25th – December 10th, 2012.

The goal of this installation was to inform the public and decision-makers about the scope of gender and sexual violence in Kyrgyzstan in the context of human rights. BFCSQ volunteers, partners and friends installed 19,300 red, purple and white flags near the monument of Urkuya Salieva situated at the intersection of Chuy Prospect and Tynystanova Str. The flags symbolize women who are subjected to violence every year in Kyrgyzstan, and thus give a visualization of the scope of tragedy which happens daily in our lives but often stays unnoticed. 9,800 red flags symbolized women who are kidnapped each year for forced marriage, 2,000 white flags signify women who were kidnapped for forced marriage and sexually abused/violated, and 7,500 purple flags stand for women who reported domestic violence to various sources [1].

Events were conducted with the support of the Peace Corps Office in Kyrgyzstan, Freedom House’s Project on “Strengthening Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan”, USAID, UN WOMEN and the Women’s Support Center.

Installation continued the global theme of the 16 Days Campaign “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”, and aimed to clarify that systematic killings and injuries of people continue even in peaceful time in the form of invisible war against women and girls, and not only during conflicts and post-conflict situations.

 For reference:

The 16 Days Campaign starts on November 25th — International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence and ends on December 10 — International Human Rights Day (day of adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

The 16 Days period includes other important dates: November 29 — International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; December 1 — World AIDS Day, December 2 — International Day for Abolition of Slavery, December 3 — International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

Email: bishkekfeminists@gmail.com
Tel.: +996 552 232 770
Web: http://bishkekfeminists.kloop.kg
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[1] Data on the number of women kidnappings are provided by the Women’s Support Center
[2] Data on the extent of domestic violence were taken from the report of the Special UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida Manjoo.

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