One of Kazakhstan’s 100 New Faces focuses on women’s rights

ASTANA – An accountant by occupation, the true calling of Assemgul Urazayeva, one of the Kazakhstan’s 100 New Faces, is in charity and the social sphere. She promotes family values and importance of family as a basic unit of society.

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Assemgul Urazayeva

As a head of the International Association of Women in Central Asia, Urazayeva is a well-known women’s rights advocate in the region.

“Our project has been operating for more than two years. We organised various events. The association’s main goal is to protect the rights and health of women and children. Women entrepreneurship is an upward trend. But little attention is paid to the protection of women’s rights and interests,” she said.

The organisation also monitors issues of domestic violence, human rights and the environment in the Atyrau region. They welcome like-minded individuals to participate in their projects as volunteers and to join the association.

“We launched the project on domestic and family violence according to the memorandum with the Office of the Prosecutor General. We organise information campaigns on promoting family values nationwide. We advocate family unity and the harmonious development of a child,” she said.

Programmes with psychologists were also launched on the Khabar TV Channel and Qazaqstan Atyrau local channel.

“Our target audience is rural residents who do not have the opportunity to attend paid trainings and seminars. This is education through TV channels,” she said.

At the age of 22, Urazayeva also founded the USC Travel Company.

“We help companies that enter the local market to adapt to the business environment. We offer the registration of work permits and registration of foreign citizens. We offer air tickets, hotel reservation in the country with discounts, and accommodation in apartments. This sphere used to be a priority for me in the past five years, but now I’m focusing more on social activities,” she said.

In 2013, Urazayeva became the Deputy Chair of the First Anti-Corruption Media Centre. As a member of the Association of Psychologists of Kazakhstan, she created the Academy of Success providing consulting services, trainings with the participation of international experts on personal development and family relations.

“Last year, we conducted a project to support the physically challenged with the regional Prosecutor’s Office. The working group was created to provide wheelchair access for barrier-free movement in the city. Now more than half of the ramps have already been replaced,” she said.

The association cooperates with related organisations in Central Asia and has representatives in Astana and Almaty.

“We monitored rehabilitation centres and mothers’ homes. The statistics on domestic violence are relatively high. It is difficult for children to endure family disagreements. In some families, it is a standard situation that a woman must endure violence for the sake of children. Almost every third family encounters this. Children are the most sensitive and they understand everything that happens. It is necessary to develop the institution of the family,” she said.