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Roza Otunbaeva: Gender quotas are imperative on the post-Soviet terrain

11:20 25.02.13
Why the introduction of a quota system in post-Soviet countries is essential to achieve gender equality? What is the role of women in politics and diplomacy? What kind of transformations take place on the post-Soviet terrain as a result ofcolor revolutions? The Former President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbayeva answered these and other questions during the videoconference at the Institute of World Policy

Roza Otunbayeva expressed her position on the effectiveness of the quota system for implementing gender equality and provided the example of women representation in the Kyrgyz parliament that is 23%. According to Ms. Otunbayeva, introduction of gender quotas has to be imperative in order to induce changes on the post-Soviet terrain and to promote equality between men and women. The transcript of the videoconference is available only in Russian

Sergiy Solodkyy, First Deputy Director, Institute of World Policy, moderator of the videoconference

Besides, Rosa Otunbayeva stressed that Kyrgyzstan should join the Customs Union in order to protect its market from economic expansion in China. In addition, an experienced politician and diplomat added that Kyrgyzstan is interested in joining other Central Asian integration projects

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic Chinaliyev Ulukbek Kozhomzharovych attended the videoconference in Kyiv.

Also, Zulfiya Kochorbayeva, participated in the videoconference in Bishkek

The videoconference was held within the framework of the project "Global virtual forum of women leaders," which is supported by Internews and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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