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Gulzar Duishenova is a fighter. In 2002, she lost movement in her legs after a car accident involving a drunk driver. The next year, her husband died suddenly and she became the sole carer for her two young children.

Years later, she met people living with disabilities who were campaigning for their rights in Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, Bishkek. She realised they faced common problems, like accessing transport and employment, and has made it her life’s mission to ensure people with disabilities can live with dignity and move around freely. She’s met with officials and pushed for action on social media.

But she continues to face barriers. She needs help to get down the stairs to her front door. Her road is pot-holed and bumpy, so she can’t push her wheelchair. She faces daily discrimination in a society where women aren’t meant to speak out and people with disabilities are seen as "invalids" with an incurable disease.

But Gulzar refuses to be silenced.

Call on the Speaker of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan to support Gulzar and activists like her in their fight for change.

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  Our Petition

 

Speaker of Parliament, Jogorku Kenesh

Dear Mr Speaker,

I urge you to listen to the concerns of Gulzar Duishenova and other defenders of the rights of people with disabilities and to help ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as soon as possible.

People with disabilities face extreme levels of discrimination in Kyrgyzstan that affect women in particular, and the implementation of legislation addressing this discrimination should be a priority, including improving access to health, buildings, jobs and public transport.

Yours Sincerely,

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