In 2016 Novi Ritm was granted money from Folke Bernadotte Academy in order to facilitate a project focusing on women’s rights in connection to the UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The project is planned to run for a year and targets youth in three regions in Southern Kyrgyzstan; Batken, Osh and Jalal-Abad Oblast.
In 2000, the United Nations adopted perhaps the most famous resolution of all time – UNSCR 1325 – which legally binds all member states, including Kyrgyzstan, to implement its content. UNSCR 1325 is the foundation of the UN’s Women Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, and it acknowledges not only the specific vulnerability of women and girls in peace and conflict, but it also highlights the importance of including women at all decision-making levels in society.
Kyrgyzstan is considered the most progressive and democratic out of the five post-Soviet Central Asian republics. However, in regards to the realizations of women’s rights and human security, the Kyrgyz republic struggles. Since independence three violent conflicts have occurred, the latest in the Osh region of Southern Kyrgyzstan in 2010. These outbreaks of violence have given strength to two trends of nationalism and retraditionalization, which continues to severely limit women’s freedom and control over their own lives.
In order to implement the UNSCR 1325, all UN member states were required to create a National Action Plan (NAP) outlining achievable goals and measures for one’s country. As of September 2016, only 63 UN member states have created an NAP and Kyrgyzstan is one of the 63! The Kyrgyz NAP has five main goals, and all of them in different ways addressing problems related to security and women’s rights. For instance, the NAP calls for increased support to women and girls who have become victims of violence, reviews of the existing legal framework to make it complaint with the WPS-Agenda, and improved cooperation between state authorities, local governmental bodies and civil society. The existing NAP was supposed to be carried out in the years of 2013 and 2014, but because of lack of will, capacity and allocation of resources these developments have come into a halt.
The UNSCR 1325 Project within Novi Ritm has three main objectives:
Organizational and thematic capacity-building within Novi Ritm;
Awareness-raising and knowledge building activities in the three regions of Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad
Facilitating peace initiatives and a regional network working together with issues relating to UNSCR 1325.