Rights of Women in Kazakhstan
A priority of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of foreign policy is integration into the world community.
In the UN Millennium Declaration, which was signed in the year 2000 by the majority of countries of the world, encouragement of the equality of men and women and expansion of rights and opportunities for women are among the principal goals of human development in the third millennium.
During the 17 years of its independence, Kazakhstan has made certain advancements in the sphere of protection of the rights and legitimate interests of women and men.
In 1998, Kazakhstan ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
In addition, the UN Conventions on the Political Rights of Women and on the Nationality of Married Women have been ratified. In all, Kazakhstan has ratified more than 60 multilateral international universal agreements on human rights.
It should be noted that in general, the experts of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women have given the situation with regard to the protection of women’s rights in Kazakhstan a positive assessment.
The enactment of the President of Kazakhstan of November 29, 2005 No. 1677 has approved the Strategy of Gender Equality in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the years 2006-2016 (further referred to as “the Strategy”).
The Strategy is an important document directed at the implementation of the gender policy of the government and is an instrument of its implementation and monitoring on the part of the government and civil society, an important factor of the development of democracy. The implementation of the Strategy will promote conditions for equal realization of the rights of women and men and ensures the resolution of the problems of achievement of equality of the rights and opportunities of men and women during the period of 2006 through 2016.