Positive narratives to fight gender discrimination and promote equality: HERo has started!

Dec 16, 2019Community development

The Kick off Meeting of the project HERo – New narratives towards a gender equal society has been held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from the 26th to the 28th of November 2019. The project – funded by the EUROPEAID programme under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)Country Based Support Scheme (CBSS) for Kyrgyzstan 2018- 2019 – is coordinated by CSC Danilo Dolci and implemented by Social Technology Association; it is aimed at supporting the transformation of deeply entrenched patriarchal behavioral attitudes in the Kyrgyz society by fighting against the spread of gender and social discrimination in education, mass media, and applying an effective and productive response to gender-based discrimination, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5.

During its 36 months implementation, HERo will develop:

  1. a) a standard model to ensure the gender mainstreaming process in the Kyrgyz Republic, declined for all the fields of project implementation (public institutions, education, media, community)
  2. b) content for trainings to meet the learning needs of all the project target groups.

The results of these activities will be 4 specific capacity building trainings which will implement defined methodology, tools & contents aimed at strengthening competencies and skills to ensure a gender equality society.

Moreover, HERo will collaborate closely with several Ministries and institutional bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic (namely: 1) Ministry of Labor and Social Development; 2) Ministry of Education and Science; 3) Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism; 4) State Agency for Local Government and Interethnic Relations; 5) State Commission for Religious Affairs) in order to produce a long term impact in the Kyrgyz society, whose benefits will reach all its citizens.

The Kick off Meeting has been a chance to meet the institutions and present them the project programme and its activities, thus allowing to prepare the ground for the following steps.

In the next months, the partnership will work to identify best practices both in the Kyrgyz society and at international level which can be useful as reference to develop the Standard Model to ensure a gender mainstreaming process at all levels.

For further information, please, contact Alberto Biondo: alberto.biondo@danilodolci.org.

This article was produced within the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of CSC Danilo Dolci and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.