Ulitsa Panfilova 200-39
The Diamond Association was established in April of 1994 by women scientists from Bishkek's universities and the Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences to promote the physical, social, and political well-being of women. The Diamond Association has published two books, "Women of Kyrgyzstan; Traditions and New Reality" and "The Unreliability of Gender Protection," and organized two national conferences on the role of women in Kyrgyzstani society. In addition, the group has conducted sociological research on the issue of violence in society, and produced reports on the status of women in Kyrgyzstan for the United Nations Development Program and other international NGOs. Diamond Association members have actively participated in many international conferences on women's issues.
At present, the Diamond Association is implementing a "Gender Protection" program comprised of six distinct components/projects: analysis of gender equality in the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic; increasing the legal literacy of women in Kyrgyzstan; improving women's health and supporting their reproduction rights; creation of crisis centers to protect women and children from physical and sexual abuse; research on crimes against women; and raising public awareness of women's issues.
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
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