Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, December 8, 2021 – In celebration of International Human Rights Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Public Association Kadyr Kasiet or “Dignity” in English, announced the launch of a new activity called Human Rights Focus: Women and Children at an event held at the Schoolchildren’s Palace.
The new USAID human rights activity will stimulate networking among civil society and government through initiation of a knowledge sharing platform on women and children’s rights. The activity will focus on increasing women’s participation in public affairs and protecting children from bullying. It will also establish dialogue and interaction between civil society and the government via educational activities and facilitated discussions.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in September 2020 addressed the people of Kazakhstan, focusing on the social well-being of citizens. He said that, “it is necessary to pay special attention to the issues of safety and protection of the rights of children.” He issued a Presidential Decree to further measures of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the area of human rights to pay special attention to eliminating discrimination against women.
Judy Kuo, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, in her opening remarks at the event to launch Human Rights Focus: Women and Children noted, “Respect for human rights is the foundation for the growth and prosperity of any state. We are pleased to see that civil society and key government agencies have come together to address key challenges, such as the advancement of women in public affairs and the protection of children from bullying.”
During the event, one of the young participants, Aisha Zhusupalieva, a student of 5 A class of school № 21, shared her thoughts, saying that, “I want to be sure that the rights of the child will be strictly observed. The right to dignity, safety, and protection are the most important rights of the child.”
The Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, Imangaliev Esengazy Nurtoleuovich, outlined in his speech the measures taken by the responsible body for the protection of children’s rights.
Director of Public Association “Dignity” Akhmetova Madina recalled the goals of human rights organizations such as respect for human dignity and the observance of human rights. She shared, “We are confident that a state can guarantee stability and prosperity through the equal rights of women and men, the participation of women in public affairs, and the safety and protection of children.”
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