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Gender and employment in Central Asia

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Woman selling bread in a market in Bosteri, Kyrgyzstan
Woman selling bread in a market in Bosteri, Kyrgyzstan, 2014. Photo: Elena Mirage / Shutterstock

Women’s labour market participation can reveal much about women’s status in society and provide essential understanding for researchers and policymakers, particularly in low-income and transition countries, including those affected by violent conflict.

The Gender and Employment in Central AsiaEvidence from Panel Data project examines the position of women in the labour market and the policies that influence that position in Kyrgyzstan. The project analyses household survey data by applying microeconometric techniques, using existing panel data and data from cross-sectional data sources. It also collects the fourth wave of the Life in Kyrgyzstan survey.

The project maintains active dialogue with government institutions, international organizations, and regional and bilateral development agencies in Central Asia, Europe and the United States, and is is funded by the IZA/DFID's Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (GLM | LIC). Project partners include Vanderbilt University, the University of Manchester, the University of Central Asia (UCA), Kyrgyzstan, Hannover University, the University of Mannheim, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and KIMEP University (Kazakhstan).

Research staff

Dr Damir Esenaliev is a Senior Researcher at the Life in Kyrgyzstan project.
Dr Anastasia Aladysheva is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Life in Kyrgyzstan project.
Gulzhan Asylbek kyzy is a Research Assistant with SIPRI's Life in Kyrgyzstan project.