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Photo credit: UN Women/Eric Gourlan A series of football matches, massive bicycle rides and a flag-installation activity designed to spread “155 slogans” were held in support of the amendments to Article 155 of the Criminal Code, to promote eradication of forced abduction of women.
But addressing the practice of bride-kidnapping remains a challenge.
The poster was produced by the UN for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign 2011 in Kyrgyzstan.
Photo credit: UN Gender Theme Group Kyrgyzstan/Baktybek Meimanbekov The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in Kyrgyzstan and is still considered by some as a valuable tradition. They feel humiliated and see themselves as property,” explains 37-year-old Kamilla, a volunteer with the Women Support Center, a grantee of the Fund for Gender Equality.
The President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, gave the amendment to the Criminal Code his official approval on 26 January 2013.
Once published in early February, the new sentence for forcing women into marriage will now range up to 10 years.