The representatives of weaker sex want no longer to be housewives, and all the louder state that the place of women is in parliament. According to the electoral law, gender quota in party lists is provided for them. Every third candidate should be exactly a woman.
If this rule is not observed, the CEC will refuse to register the list of parties. Therefore, leaders of political organizations are stuffing women into the lists. But, in practice, as soon as the party reaches the parliament, the lists begin to reshuffle.
The party bosses simply push out the representatives of the beautiful half of humanity out of the parliament, in order to vacate seats for more influential party members, who spent a lot of money for being at the top.
Suffice it to recall, as Natalia Nikitenko, Shirin Aitmatov and Gulasal Sadyrbaev tried to marry off to civil service in the department. The first was strongly suggested various ministerial posts, vice speakership in Bishkek City Council. Aitmatov was to refer to head the embassy in the Benelux countries, and Sadyrbaeva - to define in some quiet place, away from the legislative branch. The same Saidulla Nyshanov appeared in the parliament instead of quiet and shy Gulniza Beyshenbaeva, who worked as a deputy at least for a month. Recall, she came next on the list instead of Ravshan Sabirov, who became the Minister of Social Development, who was later convicted of bribery and deprived of not only position, but also freedom.
However, Nikitenko, Sadyrbaeva and Aitmatova didn't fall for promises of career management, and kept mandates. But Kamila Talieva and Gulnara Asymbekova, preferring bird in the bush, were left without bird in the hand.
Damira Niyazalieva was sent to the post of Vice Prime Minister. Last year, her chairmanship of the committee on social policy in SDPK faction caused wrangles. Exactly Niyazalieva's party fellows rushed to collect signatures for her early retirement from the post. As soon as she became a member of the Cabinet, ostentatious calm and unanimity reigned in the fraction. A man - Nurbek Kasymbekov came instead of Niyazalieva.
In the elections of 2015 women decided to take into account the sad experience of their predecessors and not to allow men to juggle with their positions in the list. "Women's quota in the election of councils of all levels is not maintained," the deputy of Kadamzhay local council Erkaim Sadykova stated.
According to her, for example, there are no women in Ata Meken faction in Bishkek City Council, which has seven mandates. "This practice develops everywhere. That's why we teamed up in the Women's Democracy Network and work on the ground," she said.
She was supported by another activist - Cholpon Turdalieva. She added that gender quotas allow women to actively participate in politics and offers to gain sufficient critical number of women in the Parliament in order the fairer sex representatives to be no less than 30 percent. "And if a woman-deputy leaves the parliament, then in return another woman should come on the list," she said.
Thus, as ladies think, one can ensure the presence of required by law number of women in the highest legislative body of the country.
The head of the OSCE centre in Bishkek Sergey Kapinos speaks about the fact that gender balance in political life is necessary not only to improve representation, accountability and quality of democracy, but also to provide a major impact on the process of adoption and implementation of political and other decisions, often with fateful value.
According to him, the gender dimension is particularly important in the context of a large-scale labor migration, which has led to social disparities, in these conditions the potential of women is not fully engaged. "Increasing the involvement of women in the ranks of law enforcement agencies significantly contribute to effective response to such threats as extremism and human trafficking. From the advanced experience of some countries, we know that increase in women's participation in the legislative process has contributed to solution of social problems, which represent the essential factors of stability and security in society," Sergey Kapinos said.
He recommended the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic to do everything possible to save quotas for the upcoming elections.
But, frankly speaking, there is little chance that men-deputies will be imbued with "women's issue". Amendments to the election legislation have been adopted, and Almazbek Atambayev has approved them. There are no "soft" lists and willful quota increase. That is, if a leader of a faction is able to put pressure on a woman and force her to hand over the mandate, there won't be a guarantee that another woman will come instead of her. Thus, the gender balance is again shaken up. Now only 20 percent of women are in the parliament, instead of thirty, required by law.