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Kyrgyzstan holds event on protection of rights of women living in highlands

The Permanent Mission of Kyrgyzstan to the UN in New York, together with the Utah International Mountain Forum, held a side event on the theme «Protection of interests of women and girls in mountain regions through student-led learning». The Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

The event was held within the framework of the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The main goals of the organizers were to train future leaders in how to protect the interests of mountain communities, especially women and girls, within the framework of the UN, as well as to empower students from mountain countries.

Permanent representatives of Andorra, Uzbekistan and Austria to the UN, as well as honorary professors of the University of Utah and students participated in the event. In addition, students of the Osh Technological University made their presentations online.

Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan Aida Kasymalieva noted that women and girls, especially in the mountainous regions of the developing world, are most affected by the effects of climate change and lack of access to digital technologies.

The Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) is a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University. UIMF provides a unique engaged learning extracurricular activity that encourages students to advocate for sustainable mountain development locally and internationally.