Kyrgyzstan: Male MPs Ditch Parliament During Discussions on Women’s Rights
When it came time to discuss the rights of women and girls in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament on June 22, the male members of the house decided they had somewhere better to be and took off.
Discussions were organized as an opportunity for lawmakers to question government representatives and experts on the issue, but out of the 101 deputies that had voted for various initiatives earlier in the day, only 16 remained. Of those, more than half were women.
Tolkun Tulekova, the director of the Association for Crisis Centers, who came to speak to lawmakers, said the predominantly male MPs left the chamber as soon as the subject was announced.
“They are not interested in women’s problems and in how their rights are being trampled. They chose to ignore the situation of half the members of our society. This was offensive to us,” Tulekova said.
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