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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.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

Over the past decade, Kazakhstan has made important progress in promoting women’s empowerment in public life. Some important achievements include a Law on Equal Rights and Opportunities and the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence in 2009 as well as a National Gender Equality Strategy (2006-16). There have also been important advances in women’s participation in public life in Kazakhstan. Nevertheless, women remain underrepresented in key decision-making posts. Currently, the share of women in parliament is 27.1% in the House of Representatives and 6.38% in the Senate. To close the remaining gaps, the country has developed a new Family and Gender Equality Policy, which seeks to achieve, by 2030, equality of rights, benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities for men and women in all areas of social life, and the eliminate all forms of gender discrimination. This presents an unprecedented opportunity to develop a whole of government approach to achieving gender equality in practice.

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