Under the revolutionary quiet, many did not notice that women, who constitute 52% of the population of Kyrgyzstan, in the new unicameral parliament do not have a single (!) Representative in it. Thus, the country next five years, will rule the "legislative bachelor". Women are excluded from the level of decision making; they cannot have a significant impact on the future of the country.
The candidacy of two women, passed to the parliament of the country under a big question. The deputy mandate of one of them, Sharipa Sadybakasova, the CEC of the Kyrgyz Republic, was canceled at the request of his opponent. Sadybakasova was elected to the country's parliament for the second time; she heads the Board of the Kyrgyzstan Bank. The mandate of the second woman in the parliament of the eldest daughter of ex-president Bermet Akayeva is also in doubt. Her deputy is challenged by her opponent, Bolot Maripov. Recently, Akayeva returned to Bishkek after fleeing to Moscow, stating that she intends to continue her work as a deputy.
Five years ago in the bicameral parliament, women made up 6.7% of the total, playing a prominent role in the country's parliament. During this time, women deputies developed legislation regulating issues such as protecting women and children from domestic violence, ensuring gender equality in hiring, and conducted a gender assessment of existing legislation.
Why didn’t many women candidates enter the new parliament? Women often refer to traditional causes and the notorious mentality. Mentality is a universal reason blamed for everything. But, according to the deputy of the past parliament Toktokan Borombaeva: “Mentality has nothing to do with it, it's all about the absence of the same start for men and women. Women practically do not have a powerful financial source for the election campaign. ” Bermet Bukasheva, editor-in-chief and owner of the opposition newspaper Litsa, who also claimed a deputy’s mandate, also spoke about this in her emotional address to voters. According to her, male opponents could not understand how she could go to the polls without financial support. Male candidates consider the availability of money the main criterion for the selection of deputies.
Many prominent women politicians did not enter the country's parliament. Almost all of them are a powerful counterbalance on the part of male candidates. So, in the district where Borombaeva stood, besides her, there were 11 male candidates. Achakhon Turgunbaeva, a prominent public figure in the south of the country, according to the statement of his opponent candidate Alisher Sabirov, was withdrawn from the elections a week and a half before the end of the election campaign. Protests of many of its supporters have brought nothing. In some districts, women short-sightedly put their candidacies against each other, as was the case in Bishkek, where two prominent women politicians Bukasheva and Alevtina Pronenko were running in one district.
The only sector where women dominate is the non-governmental sector. Even in the so-called post-revolutionary period, women did not get what they wanted and fought for, although women were the most active participants in the pickets and rallies. Thus, in the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan, in Osh, in early April, a round table of women's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) was held, which declared their disagreement with a number of changes in society. In particular, their sharp opposition was caused by the new policy of the National Television and Radio Company (NTRC), which, in their opinion, imposes orthodox, patriarchal views, humiliating women.
One of the ways out of the current situation, the leader of the party "El-Muras / Popular Heritage" Borombaeva sees in the elections on party lists. In the meantime, the situation in batches is as follows. In the Manas block, women occupy 30.8%; in the veteran party of Afghans and the Democratic Movement of Kyrgyzstan 22.2%; in the party "My Country" 20%; in the Communist Party 18.8%. There are no women in the Ata-Meken \ Motherland Party, which is headed by the current speaker of the parliament, Omurbek Tekebaev. Among the leaders of all parties there are only three candidates. This is Roza Otunbayeva, leader of the Ata-Zhurt / Fatherland Party; Borombaeva, leader of the party "El-Murasy \ Popular Heritage"; Klara Azhibekova, leader of the radical communists. All these three parties deny that their political movement has a clearly defined gender sign. The only party created by gender and under the unofficial patronage of the past government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Democratic Party of Women, had failed miserably in the elections in 2000, leaving only memories about itself.