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Kyrgyz Activists Plan Protest On International Women's Day

BISHKEK -- Women's rights activists in Kyrgyzstan say they plan a public protest on International Women's Day next week, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The organizers told RFE/RL they would gather near the monument in Bishkek to Urkiya Salieva, a renowned female Communist activist in the 1920s.

They said they would focus on the socio-economic problems faced by Kyrgyz women, the government's gender policies, and domestic violence.

March 8 is marked as International Women's Day in the former Soviet Union.