Gender Policy Delivery in Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan has made important gains in gender equality over the past decade, but gaps still remain. This OECD Review of Gender Policy Delivery in Kazakhstan comes at a moment when Kazakhstan is developing a new Gender Equality and Family Policy up to 2030 which seeks to enable equality of rights, benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities for men and women in all areas of social life, and eliminate all forms of gender discrimination. This review examines the institutional, policy-making and accountability frameworks for advancing and sustaining gender equality and mainstreaming initiatives. It provides actionable policy recommendations based on international good practice and the highest standards of performance, with a view to supporting Kazakhstan’s new policy.


Effective institutions for gender equality in Kazakhstan

The effectiveness of gender equality strategies is contingent upon the existence of institutional frameworks, adequate funding, continued capacity across government institutions and clear accountability, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. Kazakhstan has made important strides in institutionalizing its gender machinery, which is led by the National Commission on Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy. Many mechanisms both at the central and at the local levels are already established and Kazakhstan must be applauded for these accomplishments. Yet, further steps are needed to clarify roles and responsibilities of different governmental stakeholders, and strengthening the capacities and resources of all government agencies and actors – namely the Secretariat of the National Commission on Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy - in gender-sensitive policy making, implementing and monitoring. This chapter assesses the overall institutional framework – institutions’ mandates, the allocation of resources, institutional capacity and accountability mechanisms – for furthering gender equality in Kazakhstan.


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