The Foundation implements a project to promote equal access of ethnic minority women to public services in Kyrgyzstan


The project team conducts a series of webinars on online access to public services

The Max Planck Foundation, in close cooperation with the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, implements the project ‘Fighting against discrimination of women from ethnic minorities and ensuring their equal access to public services’ in the Kyrgyz Republic for the period from November 2019 to October 2021 with the support of the European Union.

From 12 to 23 May 2020, the project team based in Bishkek conducted a series of webinars on access to online public and municipal services in the Kyrgyz Republic.

In line with the National Development Strategy for 2018-2040 and the ‘Digital Kyrgyzstan 2019-2023’ concept, which form the framework for introducing and developing the online provision of state and municipal services in Kyrgyzstan, digital technologies are to be introduced as a priority in different areas of social life. Online public service platforms will allow citizens of Kyrgyzstan to issue necessary certificates and documents related to the birth of a child, education, family and health, work and business, as well as pensions and benefits. More attention is being paid to this area under current circumstances – the online access to public services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic has proved crucial.

The webinar audience of more than 250 people from different regions of Kyrgyzstan learned about the goals and objectives of the online public services portal, policy on services, civil society participation, registries and service standards, and much more. The webinars were conducted by two invited experts from the Centre for Public Technologies and from Infocom State Enterprise, respectively.

In addition, from 16 to 24 June 2020, as part of the week against violence, the project team prepared and published articles on legal and psychological aspects of domestic violence in Kyrgyz and Russian languages. Furthermore, a webinar on the prevention of domestic violence was conducted. Two local experts shared their experience of what violence is, what its forms are, how to respond to a certain type of violence and a lot more. Most importantly, the project team gave recommendations on how to improve the current situation in Kyrgyzstan.