PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT “Elechekke Kelechek” Forum (Future for the Women)

“Elechekke Kelechek” Forum (Future for the Women)
December 16, 2020

Bishkek, 15 December, 2020 –  A Forum “Elechekke Kelechek” will take place tomorrow in Bishkek with the participation of women – representatives of the government, parliament, local councils, professional communities, civil society, as well as business and media spheres.  The Forum aims to give a voice to women in Kyrgyzstan currently active in protecting and promoting democratic institutions, civil rights, and freedoms. The Forum is initiated by the informal coalition media sector, civil society organizations, professional communities, bloggers / digital activists, and will be conducted with the support of the “Media Dialogue” project funded by the European Union.

Lawyers and Members of Parliament will present a legal assessment of the current situation and discuss risks and threats in relation to citizens’ rights and freedoms. Representatives of the government, local councils, and civil society will speak about the prospects of the political rights and accessibility of the system of public administration and local self-government for women.  Speakers from the media sector will talk about the freedom of expression as an essential condition for protecting women’s rights. Also, participants of the Forum will discuss topics related to women in business and the protection and implementation of citizens’ social rights.

The Forum will also include the award ceremony of the “Honor of the Nation” (Улут абийири) and “Model of the Nation” (Улут үлгүсү) awards.  As a culmination of the Forum, participants will adopt an Appeal of the Forum “Elechekke Kelechek” to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan.


Illustration by Kasiet Usenova / @kasietusen


For more information about the event, please contact Asylgul Akimjanova, Communication Officer at +996504222405 or

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

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