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December 21, 2021

“After the course, my self-esteem improved and I am more confident. I accept myself the way I am and am not so influenced by or dependent on the opinions of others,” says Milana Tushkanova, a 16-year old who is in her second year of studying electrical engineering at the Mining and Metallurgical College in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Milana is also one of the first graduates of the USAID-funded Life Skills Training Program which completed in February 2021. As a result of the program, Milana saw how important it is to strengthen her family relationships, friendships, and connections with the people in her life.

December 19, 2021

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the governments of all five Central Asian countries made commitments to promoting equal rights and opportunities for all people as well as joining international human rights conventions. Nevertheless, women still encounter cultural and social barriers when entering technical and management fields, which are traditionally considered to be more suitable for men. 

December 19, 2021

Kristina Shoh, 26, is a single mother of two living in Malik Gabdullin village, three hours outside of Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan. She works for KazBeef Holding, an American-Kazakh joint venture and a leading beef producer in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Her responsibilities include keeping farmer records and documenting calves taken to the feedlot. Kristina is also an entrepreneur – for an additional income, she and her mother run a small farm with 40 cows and calves.

Participants during a meeting focused on Kazakhstan’s potential application to join the Open Government Partnership
December 10, 2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Kazakhstan Rule of Law Program, implemented by American Bar Association/Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in cooperation with the Committee for Civil Society Affairs under the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MISD), organized a meeting focused on Kazakhstan’s potential application to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP is an international platform that includes 78 governments and thousands of civil society organizations (CSOs) that are committed to making their governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. The event provided local CSOs, government officials, and international experts a platform to discuss the value and benefits of joining the OGP, and the challenges and opportunities of Kazakhstan’s potential membership.

New Human Rights Activity
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.

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Last updated: December 28, 2021

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