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GFW Responds to the Crisis in Kyrgyzstan

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Source of news: GFW
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2010-06-24 08:46:25 / News read 1527 reading

In the past week, systematic violence has been waged against ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan. It is estimated that over 2,000 people have been killed and over 400,000 displaced. Up to 100,000 individuals, not counting children, have sought refuge in makeshift camps in neighboring Uzbekistan. Incidences of rape and gender-based violence are on the rise, imperiling the lives of thousands of women and children.

 

Humanitarian support is coming in slow and inefficiently. The Global Fund for Women has been supporting women’s rights organizing in Kyrgyzstan since 1994 with 34 grantee groups working on all pressing women’s rights issues. A donation to the Crisis Fund is a direct way to support the Global Fund’s ongoing work in Kyrgyzstan.

 

We are honored to have been supporting the growing and strong civil society that is ready to respond to the needs of the people most affected by the current situation.

 

While the Global Fund for Women is not a direct relief agency, in times of crisis, we believe it is our responsibility to respond to the needs identified by women’s rights organizations on the ground. Access to these resources now can go a long way to supporting the needs of affected communities, with an eye towards long-term rebuilding once the immediate crisis is over.

 

A donation to the Crisis Fund is a direct way to support the Global Fund’s ongoing work in Kyrgyzstan.

 

For further information and to donate, please visit the GFW:

http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/

 

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