Zhumagul Bolponova (Osh, Kyrgyzstan)

Zhumagul Bolponova, Kyrgyz Women’s Initiative, participant

In April 2010 civil unrest broke out in the Kyrgz Republic and hundreds were killed or wounded in ethnic and political violence.   As head of Too-Moyun Aiymdary (Women’s Organization of Too-Moyun) Zhumagul oversees the organization’s work of improving the socio-economic condition of women and youth. She designed a project to improve the inter-ethnic relations between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks through the mobilization of women in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Zhumagul hopes to change ethnic relations beginning at a grassroots level.

She is training an initial group of 16 women from 4 villages experiencing ethnic tension. Her project will expand as the initial trainees then train an additional 70 women and printed instructional materials are distributed and used in conflict management and prevention trainings around the region.

Zhumagul was one of 11 Kyrgystan women who participated in the Kyrgyz Women’s Initiative, a 2 year and multiphase Legacy’s  program for Women’s Leadership Development and NGO Capacity -Building. The project is designed to positively impact emerging professionals (community leaders, political leaders, educators, and youth workers), to strengthen grassroots organizations in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, as well as the mutual understanding of the role of civil society in the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan.

Read about other Kyrgyz  follow-on projects carried out by each alumna, each supported by $1,000 mini-grants from Legacy.