A round table was held which was dedicated to the launch of the School of Leadership "Iygilktuu Kyz 2017" in Bishkek on September 8, 2017.
The League of the Defenders of the Rights of the Child, with the support of the OSCE Program Office in Bishkek, launched the School of Leadership "Iygilktuu Kyz 2017". The classes will be held in Chui, Issyk-Kul and Osh oblasts of the Kyrgyz Republic with the participation of state bodies and women leaders in Kyrgyzstan.
In the framework of the School "Iygilktuu Kyz 2017" 120 teenage girls aged from 12 to 17 years and their parents will get knowledge about mechanisms to protect the rights of the girls from violence and early marriages, bride kidnappings, as well as reproductive rights.
Holding of the Leadership School will unite efforts to prevent child and early marriages, sexual violence and gender inequality, and will help to create an enabling environment for the empowerment of the adolescent girls.
Children, early and forced marriages pose a serious risk to the physical and psychological health of women and girls.
Children, early and forced marriages undermine the independence of women and girls and limit the ability to make decisions in all areas of their lives.
The public authorities should apply integrated and coordinated measures to eliminate early marriages through strengthening the child protection system, ensuring access to justice, and creating the conditions for increasing the potential of adolescent girls.
It is planned that the graduates of the School of Leadership will promote an awareness among rural girls in the field of protecting their rights.
About 170 million girls, that is almost a third of all girls in the world, do not go to school. This is a huge missed opportunity: the potential income of a girl in the future is reduced by 10-20% after every missed school year. But the improvement of school attendance is prevented by a number of serious obstacles, beginning with the enduring tradition of child marriage.
Every year, 15 million girls get married before they reach 18, one girl every two seconds. The problem of early or forced child marriage concerns about a quarter of all girls in the world. Early marriages not only increase the possibility that the girl will be subjected to violence, they also increase the chances of early pregnancy by 90%. A likely result is a large family that requires unremitting, unpaid care for children, which interferes the education and increases the gender wage gap.
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