Issyk-Kul seminar focuses on gender equality and youth employment

Gender equality, employment and youth problems were high on the agenda of the national workshop held in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, on June 19-21. The workshop was organized within the framework of the ILO/Netherlands project on boosting youth employment.

News | 01 August 2007

For the first time ever it brought together all partner institutions that would be involved in the project implementation in 2007-2009. Aside from the ILO tripartite constituents, the workshop was attended by representatives of the presidential administration, the state migration and employment committee, the youth labour exchange, the state agency on technical and vocational training, the state agency on physical culture, sports, youth policy and protection of children, and national gender experts. The workshop focused on the results of the gender analysis of the labour market in Kyrgyzstan and National Employment Policy developed by the working group of experts. The participants also discussed gender aspects of the situation analysis of youth employment prepared by ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). In the future participants plan to submit gender proposals to implement the National Employment Plan and the Decent Work Country Programme. Participants also studied the ILO gender equality policy and the ILO Conventions Nos 100, 111, 156 and 183 that give special attention to young women and men entering the labour market. The seminar focused on the exchange of best practices among national partner organizations, on ILO’s new approach to exchange of knowledge and experience and other countries’ practices of integrating gender issues in the labour market policy. Participants outlined a plan of joint actions on gender equality and youth employment within the Decent Work Country Programme and project on boosting youth employment.