Siyanda Update: Central Asia - Issue No. 84, February 2010

Siyanda Update: Central Asia - Issue No. 84, February 2010

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Feb 2010
In This Issue:

I. Country Focus: Central Asia
II. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda
Experts who have written about gender issues in Central Asia
III. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

I. Country Focus: Central Asia
Gender issues in Central Asia are very specific. Some of these countries are in transition to non-socialist regimes and some are in situations of conflict, post-conflict or civil unrest. How is this affecting gender roles in society and in the household? And how are institutions addressing gender inequalities?

The following resources have been selected from a number of new additions to the Siyanda database which explore gender issues in this region:

-A Mandate to Mainstream: Promoting Gender Equality in Afghanistan, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), January 2010
This paper analyses efforts and challenges to mainstream gender in Afghanistan and offers recommendations to the government, individual ministries and international actors.

-Scholarship and Award Opportunities for Central Asian Women, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, December 2009
This document provides details of a number of initiatives and institutions that offer Central Asian women opportunities for grants and scholarships to pursue higher education or training.

-Website: The Funders Network for Afghan Women Mapping Gender in Afghanistan Database (in English and Dari), The Funders Network for Afghan Women (FNAW),
November 2009
This database is a source of information for organisations, programs projects and donors working on gender issues in Afghanistan.

-Gender Aspects of Agricultural and Rural Employment: Application for Uzbekistan, Gender Study Centre, Uzbekistan, March 2009
The slides provide an overview of the situation in Uzbekistan, analyse the causes of gender inequalities and offer recommendations.

-Gender Equality and Social Institutions in Europe and Central Asia - Country Profiles, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Development Centre, January 2009
This section of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) website is dedicated to the European and Central Asian region. It presents detailed country notes, providing information on social norms and traditional practices related to relations within the family, ownership rights, physical integrity and civil liberties.

-The Effect of Armed Conflict on the Marriage Market for Women: Results from Tajikistan, Shemyakina, O., September 2006
What are the links between violent conflict, marriage markets and female reproductive behaviour? This short paper explores the impact of civil wars on household and individual behaviour, in Tajikistan.

You can find other resources on Central Asia at:

The next Siyanda Update, covering March 2010, will focus on the 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +15). Users are invited to suggest their resources for possible inclusion in this selection:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Country Focus selections:

II. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts who have written on Central Asia.
The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focused consultancies.

Each profile contains the Expert’s contact details and areas of expertise, and highlights their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have written on Central Asia.

-Shadow report on Kyrgyzstan’s implementation of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Chapter on Health), Alymkulova, A., 2008
-Women’s Access to Information in Central Asia and the Middle East, paper presented at Women’s Know-How Conference (Mexico City, August 2006), Oates, L., 2006
-The Global Women’s Movement and the Women of Afghanistan, in Jalalzai, Z & D. Jefferess (eds.), Globalizing Afghanistan, Farhoumand-Sims, C., 2006
-A Place at the Table: Afghan Women, Men and Decision making Authority (AREU), Wakefield, S. with Brandy Bauer, 2005
-Control and Subversion: Gender relations in Tajikistan, Harris, C., London: Pluto Press 2004

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

- Search the database:

III. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Paola Brambilla)

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