3963 - No. 51

The unwomanly face of Kazakhstan’s Qantar

EUCAM commentary No. 51


Kazakhstan’s Qandy Qantar or ‘Bloody January’, which happened one year ago, was gendered as it was dominated by men. Kazakhstan’s gender policies, rooted in a top-down approach, were initially paved by Western donor prescriptions of equality and, more recently, by the global conservative anti-gender backlash. It is high time to re-centre gender policies around bottom-up processes that bring the needs of local communities to the forefront.

By Aigerim Kamidola

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