Despite the encouraging commitments by the Kyrgyz Government, women and girls are increasingly vulnerable to violence, exploitation and destitution, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo said following her first mission to the country. She commended the Government for the adoption of numerous international instruments and legislative and policy frameworks, such as the Law on Social and Legal Protection against Domestic Violence, which has been described as one of the most progressive in the region. But Manjoo said that since Kyrgyzstan's independence in 1991, these efforts "have been accompanied by widespread poverty on the ground, insufficient investments and reforms in social services, and a resurfacing and reinterpretation of traditions and values which have strengthened patriarchal systems of control over women, gender stereotypes and de facto discrimination." (UN News Service)

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