Kyrgyzstan: Understanding Islamization and veiling in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Asel Myrzabekova, MA in Peace and Conflict Transformation from The Arctic University of Norway.  In recent decades, there has been a considerable rise of the number of veiled Muslim women in Kyrgyzstan and other post-Soviet countries. Veiling is the public manifestation and evidence that the Islamization process in a post-Soviet space is flourishing. Scholars, official leaders and media of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are concerned … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan: Understanding Islamization and veiling in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan: Empowering Girls

Bagdat A.A., Institute for Development and Economic Affairs (IDEA), Kazakhstan, MA Gender and International development, University of Warwick. “We need a strategy to end the violence against girls, early and forced marriages in Central Asia.” Women’s League of Creative Initiative of Kazakhstan This essay presents a summary of the issues and ideas on women empowerment discussed at the conference of the Women’s League of Creative Initiative … Continue reading Kazakhstan: Empowering Girls

Tajikistan: Gender and Security

Dilnoza Rakhmatboeva, Graduate of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.  During my International Relations classes, I was assigned to do a presentation about J. Ann Tickner’s work “Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving Global Security”. As a student, who knew little about any feminist theory I was not happy about the opportunity to talk as a feminist partly because feminist ideas are normally associated … Continue reading Tajikistan: Gender and Security

Uzbekistan: Female Dilemma: Political Career vs. Family Harmony

Dilfuza Kurolova, LLM in International Law from the Tashkent State University of Law and a Master Student in Politics and Security Program at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Female Dilemma: Political Career vs. Family Harmony There is a proverb that says that woman is a hearth of the house. It has been interpreted as if a woman is the only person who can keep the house … Continue reading Uzbekistan: Female Dilemma: Political Career vs. Family Harmony

Special of the month: Gender and Development: Men Are Important

Valeriya Melnichuk, Graduate of the University of Cambridge Development Studies Program. Decolonization in the mid-twentieth century raised concerns of backwardness and development of the newly independent states. Development – a rather vague term – was defined by the liberal paradigm of growth. To develop countries needed to sustain economic growth based on their comparative advantage. The predominant liberal agenda had little to offer with regards … Continue reading Special of the month: Gender and Development: Men Are Important