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Kyrgyz deputies are concerned about water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in villages

Deputies of Kyrgyz Supreme Council visit villages to assess WASH issues in schools and kindergartens

22.06.2015 |




In May 2015, female deputies of the Kyrgyz Supreme Council (Jogorku Kenesh) visited the northern and southern part of Kyrgyzstan, in order to assess the access to water, sanitation and hygiene in villages, schools and kindergartens. The visits were organized with support of WECF’s women empowerment project and UNICEF.

The main organizers of the field visits were Social Technologies Agency (STA), Alliance of Women's Legislative Initiatives, Public Association of Rural Women (Alga), Kyrgyz Alliance for Water and Sanitation (KAWS), UNICEF, and Ecological Movement BIOM.


The field visits

On 7 and 8 May, three female deputies of the Kyrgyz Supreme Council visited the Osh region. They were joined by representatives of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health, Alliance of Women's Legislative Initiatives, Central Asian Alliance for Water (CAAW), UNICEF and the Ecological Movement BIOM. On 22 and 23 May, another field visit took place: five female deputies visited Chui and Issyk-Kul. They were again joined by representatives of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health.

The deputies examined access to water, hygiene in the kitchens and toilets at schools, where they got acquainted with energy efficiency and evaluated the quality of sanitation and hygiene. They visited a resource center, where they met with the women trained to process milk and fruit. The deputies also visited a Community Drinking Water Users Union (CDWUU), where union members and villagers shared their problems related to water supply in the local community and shared their experience in solving the problems.
 

Stakeholder meetings

Meetings took place with representatives of local authorities, deputies of local councils, district education departments, experts, directors and teachers of schools, parents and students, as well as members of rural associations of drinking water, female community leaders, female farmers and other villagers.

The deputies mentioned that there are currently many problems in the legislation related to the provision of adequate sanitation and access to water in children's social institutions. There are problems with the legal status of the rules that regulate these issues in schools and kindergartens.

CDWUU representatives identified the need to pay royalties when picking up water from wells as a problem in the legislation. This law on subsoil was introduced by the Kyrgyz government. It requires clarification in terms related to drinking water supply. Additionally, questions were raised about production control of drinking water at the village level, the interaction between CDWUUs and local self-governance. The rural women highlighted agricultural issues and difficulties that farmers face.



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