Honourable State Secretary, Ms Abdykalikova,
Honourable Prosecutor General, Mr Assanov,
Honourable Members of the Commission on Women Affairs,
Honourable UN Women Representative, Ms Conkievich,
Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
I am very pleased to welcome you today at the session of the National Commission for Women, Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
After listening of all encouraging speeches today I am glad and very honored that EU has made its impact into today’s discussion by providing best European expertise. EU Project with budget of EUR 5,5 million started its work 18 months ago, and it is exactly on the middle of its implementation. One of the aims of the project is to assist in introducing the evidence based and effective approaches in crime prevention. For us it was particularly important that during consultations with Kazakhstany authorities domestic violence was chosen as one of the crimes the project had to concentrate its efforts. The group of EU international and national experts provided by the project visited social facilities in Astana and Almaty and was able to assess the local actors work and interagency cooperation. Based on this experience a set of recommendations was drafted by the experts and used at the Road Map presented today.
We highly assess the holistic and systemic approach the General Prosecutor office uses for the prevention domestic violence. Fight against domestic violence needs to be based on complex approaches where everybody is involved. And this is the core principle provided by the Road Map. It is also very critical that the Road Map includes piloting new domestic violence prevention schemes. We all understand that papers and intentions become reality when they are implemented in the concrete city, town, auyl. We are glad to know that the pilot work will be built on the principles of horizontal multisector coordination, which are key for establishing effective work. We hope that after two years the Commission’s session will be organized in the pilot region where an effective model of domestic violence prevention is build.
Just couple of days ago the President Nazarbayev announced an aim of modernization of public thinking. Fighting domestic violence is one of the ways how Kazakhstany society may do that. Gender mainstreaming, feminism, advancing and promoting of women are widely used around a globe as progressive practices which are helpful for everyone within the society not only women. Gender equality is one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and part of universal global thinking mentioned by President Nazarbayev. Let me recall the key targets of SDG 5 on gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls: to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere; to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation; to adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels, et al.
However, as the President mentioned in his article for changing public thinking society needs to have its heroes. Same with domestic violence, to change the mindset we need all public persons to speak in one voice and joint the domestic violence movement.
I am pleased to inform you about the launch of the EU Gender Study for Central Asia. It is an EU-funded project to produce a gender analysis which will provide the EU with a review of the gender situation in each of the five countries of the region – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, together with an overview of the regional situation as a whole.
The project is now in its inception phase. The first round of meetings of Experts with relevant government officials and international organizations, including the UN Women, was organised during March in Kazakhstan. Following a number of focus group discussion meetings with key informants and NGO representatives, the experts came up with some preliminary conclusions. They will be visiting other countries of Central Asia throughout this year. The study is to be finalized by the end of 2017 and will be published on the EU Delegation's website.
I am delighted that the European Union Delegation has been supporting the domestic violence project implemented by the General Prosecutor office as well as other important projects launched by the General Prosecutor office and aimed at establishing better criminal justice system. I understand that the EU project will continue its support of General Prosecutor office initiatives with our extensive consultancy capability. It stands ready to work with you, NGOs, international community, all stakeholders to have their views to be taken into account in order to support this process, and thereby ensure maximum effectiveness.
I wish you all a productive and successful work.