The forum was held on the eve of the International Women’s Day – the 8th of March and devoted to the 10th anniversary of the National Commission for Women Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy.
Addressing the participants, the President congratulated all the women of Kazakhstan on the first spring holiday.
The head of state highlighted that over the last years much work has been done by the National Commission. The whole stratum of gender legislation has been elaborated and functioned. Kazakhstan ratified the UN Conventions “On Citizenship of Married Women” and “On Women’s Political Rights” and a number of acts of the International Labour Organization concerning the rights of women and children.
A range of measures has been implemented to support women entrepreneurship, strengthening family, protection of maternity and childhood. The amount for child-care benefits increased many times. The amount for one-off child birth benefit is annually increased as well.
The state is actively supporting women’s business. A number of projects on crediting small and medium-sized businesses run by women has been successfully realized. More than KZT 2 billion received from the Fund for Small Entrepreneurship Development has been utilized over the last six years.
The President emphasized that we created all necessary conditions to ensure women’s opportunities in equal with men to take part in the running of state affairs in Kazakhstan.
“All who work in the National Commission significantly contributed to these results. I would like to sincerely thank them for creating conditions to improve the women’s state in the country, for their invaluable contribution to the development and prosperity of Kazakhstan,“ President Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted.
The President emphasized the necessity of further measures to support women, maternity and childhood.
In particular, in order to support maternity and childhood the amount of lump-sum benefit for the birth of a fourth child and more will reach KST 68 thousand. From the next year, the monthly child care benefits will increase by 20 percent on average. Starting from 2010, the state social payments for children invalids until the age of 16 years will be introduced as well.
In order to support women with large families the order of awarding honorary maternity titles will be revised. Starting from 2010, women who brought up not ten but seven children will receive Altyn Alka (Golden Pendant) Award; women who brought up six children will receive Kumis Alka (Silver Pendant) Award. Women with large families will also receive a monthly special state benefit of more than KZT 8 thousand.
The head of state instructed the Government and the local enforcement authorities to take specific measures for increasing women’s competitiveness in the labour market, having started a large scale work on retraining and teaching new skills to women.
The Government and the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund are instructed to elaborate a special program on financing women’s entrepreneurship for the forthcoming years especially in rural areas.
Nursultan Nazarbayev put the attention of the Nur Otan Party on the necessity of active involvement of women in civil service.
In order to strengthen the institution of marriage and family, to increase its prestige and to revive moral values Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized the necessity of promoting family values, strengthening institution of marriage and family and need of large families.