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Kyrgyzstan To Bring More Women Into Power

Sairash, the main character in a Kyrgyz documentary, 'Elechek' (2006), that addresses the issue of polygamy in Kyrgyzstan (RFE/RL) March 23, 2006 -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has decreed that "women should have at least 30 percent representation in state bodies and local governments, including in decision-making positions."

Kyrgyzstan currently has one female minister, and no female member of parliament.

All bills and regulations will now be subject to a mandatory "gender appraisal" in an bid to create conditions "to achieve women's empowerment."

The heads of national and local government agencies will now be obliged to introduce equal-employment policies.

(RIA Novosti, ITAR-TASS, Kabar)

The Tulip Revolution

The Tulip Revolution

ONE YEAR AGO: Click on the image to view RFE/RL's archive of coverage of Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution from the beginning, including biographical sketches of the key players and photo galleries of the demonstrations.

See RFE/RL's special review of the March 2005 Kyrgyz events:

Questions Remain About March 24 'Revolution' (Part I)

Did Revolution Sow The Seeds Of Democracy? (Part II)

Was 'Revolution' A Worthy Successor To Rose And Orange? (Part III)

See also:

Reporter's Notebook -- Witness To The Uprising

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