Empowering women in Kazakhstan (05/02/2010)

ALMATY, 5 February 2010 - On Monday, the EU-funded project boosting women's rights in Kazakhstan will start a three-day training on Social Marketing and Fundraising for the members of women associations and the local authorities. From 8 to 11 February, women rights activists will learn how to search for funding and build successful partnerships.

The representatives of at least four leading women non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of Kazakhstan will participate in the training, representing various regions of the country. There will be the Feminist League of Kokchetav, Taraz Initiative Center, Chimkent Women Resource Center and the International Ecological Association of Women of the Orient of Enbekshi-Kazakh region. The officials of local administrations directly involved in co-operation with women organisations will also attend the meeting.

The European expert in fundraising and social marketing will teach his Kazakhstani's colleagues to develop a long-term strategy, identify and approach potential donors and media, formulate convincing messages and construct successful partnerships. In particular, the participants will learn how to make a project proposal with justified budget, optimize it to the needs of their communities and fill dossier of potential donors. It will help to increase the quality of partnerships between women NGOs and various state and non-state institutions, funding agencies and private donors. 

The overall project "Boosting a culture of women's rights in Kazakhstan" is implemented by FORMAPER (Agency of the Milan chamber of Commerce, Industry, Craft, & Agriculture) in consortium with Differenza Donna (Women’s Association Against Violence based in Rome) and the Feminist League of Kazakhstan. The European Union allocates about 190,000 EUR to this project from its Institution Building and Partnership Programme (IBPP). The project's main target is to reduce social marginality and empower vulnerable women groups in various regions of Kazakhstan.

Media representatives are invited to attend the opening of the seminar on 8 February 2010 at 09:00 in Kaz Zhol hotel, "Baikonur" conference hall (Almaty, 127/1 Gogol st).

For more information, please contact Ms Yevgenia Kozyreva, President of Kazakhstan's Feminist League at +7(727)2610241, kazfemline@gmail.com; or Ms Madina Bakieva, EU Delegation Press officer at + 7(7172) 971148, madina.bakieva@ec.europa.eu.