BISHKEK. Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Didier Cherpitel, paid a one-day visit to Kyrgyzstan today. He met with Kyrgyz Red Crescent chairperson, Raisa Ibraimova, national society volunteers and journalists in Bishkek. Cherpitel congratulated Kyrgyz women with their celebration of Women’s Day. “Women in Central Asia like everywhere in the world will remain vulnerable to poverty, deadly infections, social inequality and gender discrimination unless they are given more opportunities to access better education, health care, and social and legal protection of their rights and dignity,” Cherpitel said in the Kyrgyz capital.
He thanked the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society for helping the international community in distribution of humanitarian aid in the country. About $5 million worth of aid was delivered to Kyrgyzstanis during the last five years.
Kyrgyzstan was the second stop on Cherpitel’s 10-day tour of Central Asia. He began in Kazakhstan and will also visit Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
(Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev
and edited by Jeremy Bransten in Prague)