Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is strongly committed to ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment at the national level. Not only is this critical for the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda but also for Kazakhstan’s aim to join the group of the 30 most developed countries by 2030. This policy brief looks at various aspects of Kazakh women’s participation in the economic, social and political life of the country. It also sheds light on the role of gender policy in EU-Kazakh relations bilaterally and in the framework of the EU-Central Asia Strategy. It concludes with a brief outlook to 2050.

This is a commissioned policy brief from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Brussels, as part of the annual cooperation agreement between the European Institute for Asian Studies and the Embassy of Kazakhstan. It was written and edited by a team comprised of Flora Rencz, Junior Researcher; Rano Khakimova, Junior Researcher; Calum Thomson, Junior Researcher; Lin Goethals, Programme Director; and Alberto Turkstra, Programme Director