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Ulziisuren Jamsran

UN Women Representative to Kyrgyzstan | Kyrgyzstan


Ulziisuren Jamsran joined the UN Women Kyrgyzstan Country Office as a Representative inJune 2019. Ms. Jamsran’s experience includes over 20 years of experience in international development, and strategic and managerial leadership in gender and women’s issues inMoldova, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan for UNDP, UNIFEM, and UN Women.Earlier, she was the UN Women’s Gender Adviser for Moldova and Ukraine, RegionalGovernance Specialist in Almaty, Senior Rural Development Specialist and SocialDevelopment Advisor in Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine, and Poverty Alleviation Specialist inMongolia. Ms. Jamsran has a Specialized Master’s in Leading Change from the University of Oxford and HEC Paris, and an M.A. in Economics from the Mongolian State University.

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Event Title: SDGs Conference 2023Date: Sept 20, 2023


Dear participants of the SDG Conference, organizers, and partners from the Journalists and Writers Foundation and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I want to thank you for inviting me to speak at this important event. We all agree that stopping discrimination against women and girls is not just a basic human right but crucial for a sustainable future. Empowering women and girls have proven benefits for economic growth and development.

Unfortunately, recent reports show that the SDG 5 and the gender equality agenda are facing challenges. This is especially unfortunate as the world needs more equality and empowerment right now. It’s critical for us to understand what’s working well. That’s why I want to share our journey at UN Women Kyrgyzstan Country Office on transforming the achievement of SDG 5 at the country level. I have a few slides to show, illustrating how we’ve been rethinking how we work with partners and engage them in the development agenda. In the following slides, I’ll delve deeper into some key findings:

  1. Understanding Complexity and Urgent Purpose on GEWE (Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women): We created safe spaces for partners to understand the complexity and urgently work together on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  2. Acceptance of Differing World Views on GEWE by Various Actors:Once these spaces were created, it was crucial for partners to accept different world views on gender equality.
  3. Negotiating a Common Vision on GEWE:Partners needed to talk and negotiate about common aspects in their agenda and vision to unite around gender equality
  4. Shared Risk, Responsibilities, Resources, and Benefits towards GEWE:This step involved shared commitment, sharing risks, responsibilities, resources, and benefits toward the common goal.

These four steps were critical, and we also achieved concrete results by bringing partners together with two key elements:

  1. New Facilitation Tools:Introducing new tools to facilitate discussions.
  2. New Social Norm Holders (PDs):Bringing in individuals who influence social norms.

Testing these approaches helped us build a transformative change, resulting in significant positive outcomes. For instance, in just two to three months, we increased the number of women speaking out about their experiences tenfold. We would be happy to share more details with you. Please reach out, and we look forward to further conversations.