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'We Want a Voice': Women Fight for Their Rights in the Former USSR

Women gather at an event organized by UN Women Kyrgyzstan as part of a campaign against gender violence. (Photo: UN Women/Meder Sadyraliev)

A Eurasianet partner post from <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/08/fight-womens-rights-former… Guardian</a>

Women had stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the Russian Revolution of 1917, according to its leader Vladimir Lenin, and were said to be at the vanguard of the drive to build an equal society in the world’s first communist state; the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
 
From Moscow in European Russia to Tashkent in central Asia, Soviet leaders embarked with revolutionary zeal on a mission to liberate downtrodden women – and by 1930, Joseph Stalin, Lenin’s successor in the Kremlin, declared the job done.
 
Moscow had enshrined equal rights in law, and given women of the Soviet state more power over their reproductive rights with the legalisation of abortion in 1920 (though it was banned again for two decades from 1936). It coaxed – or herded – women into the workplace, providing universal child care and generous maternity benefits to oil the wheels of the socialist machine.
 

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A Eurasianet partner post from <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/08/fight-womens-rights-former… Guardian</a>

'We Want a Voice': Women Fight for Their Rights in the Former USSR

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