On August 21, 2023, in Bishkek, UNDP and the Public Association “Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges” held a meeting with representatives of the Legal Aid Service and development partners as part of a project to develop a robust and sustainable training system aimed at increasing gender sensitivity and skills among lawyers of the Legal Aid Service and specialists of state bodies participating in the “Solidarity Bus” campaign to identify cases of gender-based and family violence.

The Legal Aid Service under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic annually organizes the “Solidarity Bus” campaign, in the framework of which lawyers and employees of other state bodies with extensive experience provide free legal advice and assistance to socially vulnerable segments of the population.

At the event, a presentation was made on the educational platform of the Legal Aid Service for the further placement of an online version of a practical training course for lawyers, justice, social and other services providing services to the population in the field within the framework of the “Solidarity Bus” project.

On the EU-UN joint initiative “Spotlight”: In January 2020, in partnership with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the EU and the UN launched a multi-year country program under the global Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The goal of the program is to create an environment in which all women and girls in Kyrgyzstan, especially the most vulnerable, live free from violence and harmful practices, including child marriage and ala kachuu. The program includes a set of integrated interventions in the areas of policy and legislation, institutional strengthening, violence prevention, services for survivors, quality data collection, and support to the women’s movement and civil society. The program is implemented by five UN agencies (UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and UNODC) under the overall leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic.