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National Women’s Business Agendas for Central Asia

The WAGE Central Asia initiative was implemented by CIPE, ABA ROLI, and Search for Common Ground from 2021-2023.

Overview

The Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) program's National Women’s Business Agendas for Central Asia was a multi-disciplinary regional program aimed at building and supporting country-level and regional alliances of women’s organizations to improve the ability of Central Asian women to engage in economic activity. Launched in April 2021 until 2023, the program worked with women’s business associations (WBAs) and women’s civil society organizations (WCSOs) to identify and address legal and societal barriers to women’s participation in the Central Asian economies. The program fostered collaboration among WBAs, CSOs, and other key stakeholders in the private sector and civil society to establish and advocate National Women’s Business Agendas (NWBAs) in the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan (target countries), and will connect with Turkmenistani women to engage in advocacy on women’s economic empowerment issues. The program was led by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) with operational support and gender-based violence (GBV) technical expertise from the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and Search for Common Ground in the area of advocacy.

WAGE believes if women’s organizations have increased organizational capacity to serve and advocate for the interests of Central Asian women and are better equipped to address legal, regulatory, and societal barriers to women’s economic empowerment – including gender-based violence – through collective action, then these organizations will have greater ability to advance women's participation in the economy, ultimately resulting in Central Asian women leading more resilient, independent, and economically sustainable lives.

The program's two goals were to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of WBAs, WCSOs, and other key stakeholders in the private sector and civil society to identify and address barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Central Asian countries.
  • Foster collaboration among WBAs, WCSOs, and other key stakeholders to develop and advocate National Women’s Business Agendas.
Lead Implementors

- American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)

- Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

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