(English) Part 2 on Democratization in Kyrgyzstan: Novi Ritm’s Contribution to Democratization of Kyrgyzstan

How can Novi Ritm be seen as contributing to the democratization process of Kyrgyzstan? In the last blog post, Perspectives on Democracy, I offered different conceptions of democracy and how the Central Asia Solidarity Groups (hereby abbreviated CAG) in particular understands the concepts of “democracy” and “democratization”. In this second and last blog post in the mini series, we will delve deeper into what actions CAG’s understanding of democracy and democratization leads them to take in Central Asia by analyzing how one of their main partners, the youth organization Novi Ritm in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, can be said to contribute...

(English) Introduction of the Intern Isabelle and Women’s Roles in the Construction of Identity in Kyrgyzstan

Hi everyone, My name is Isabelle Persson, and I am currently working in Southern Kyrgyzstan with Centralasiengrupperna’s main local partner Novi Ritm in Osh. At 25 years, I have managed to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Malmö University, where I previously studied pedagogics and drama. I also studied abroad one semester in Melbourne, Australia, where I had the pleasure of not only enjoying the amazing culture of the First Peoples but also get out of my comfort zone and study Macroeconomics and International Business. My civil society engagement has largely been party political throughout...

(English) Comics workshop on Gender Issues in Osh

Novi Ritm in Osh hosted a unique two days workshop on how to create comics and share girls problems in a patriarchial society. Workshops were organized by four members of the Swedish feminist collective of cartoonists Dotterbolaget with the collaboration between Centralasiengrupperna. During the first day participants learnt basics of comic drawing and different methods. On the second day, girls depending on their interest and will, were divided into 4 small groups, where they created their own comics on themes such as: bride-kidnapping, street harassment, violence against women and stereotypes. ”Girls group” played a big role in organizing the...

Föredrag: Post-soviet Kyrgyzstan in transition to WHAT? – perspectives of feminist youth and teenagers

Centralasiengrupperna i Malmö arrangerar ett föredrag om feminism i Kirgizistan. Varmt välkommen på onsdag 5 november kl 18.30-20.00 på Garaget Malmö! ”Speaking up among tokenization and misuse of the girl empowerment agenda” with Dariya Kasmamytova from Girl Activists of Kyrgyzstan ”Human rights as a radical agenda, youth activism in times of backlash” by Saadat Baigazieva from Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ The seminar will be held in english. For more information please contact Gustaf Sörnmo, gustaf@centralasien.org, 0736467661 Centralasiengrupperna arranges a lecture on feminism in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Warmly welcome the 5th November at 18.30-20.00 @ Garaget library in Malmö,...