Crirsis Center "Sezim"

In 2019, center Sezim carried out activities in the framework
of the organization's Strategic Development Plan for
2018-2020 in the following area:

Protection of the rights of women and girls from discrimination and all forms of gender-based violence
Rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of gender-based violence,
domestic violence and human trafficking
Prevention and education related to gender rights, domestic violence and human trafficking
Support from
Government Agencies
and International Donors
Social partnerships with the State
Mayor's Office of Bishkek city: provide accommodation (rent) and utilities to support the operation of Sezim's Shelter (since 2005).

Ministry of Labor and Social Development
of the KR:
project "Providing comprehensive assistance to victims of domestic violence" within the framework of the state social order.

Ministry of Internal Affairs of the KR: cooperation for the protection of victims of violence; ensuring the safety of Sezim's Shelter.

Ministry of Health of the KR: essential medical assistance to clients of the center Sezim were provided by the Family Medicine Center of the Oktyabrsky District of Bishkek, City Clinical Hospital No.6, and City Perinatal Center No.4.
Support from international donors
DIMES Foundation: supported main program and organizational activities of center Sezim.

Bavarian Eastern Society (Bayerische Ostgesellschaft): supported Sezim's Transit Social Home.

International Organization for Migration: provided support for victims of human trafficking and vulnerable migrants.

Democracy Commission of the US Embassy in the KR: provided support for the development of family mediation services under the project "From professionalization to institutional development of Family Mediation in Kyrgyzstan".

BEARR Trust Foundation: provided support for the development of a special program for vulnerable older women through Club "Sezim 55+" for women suffering from violence or in difficult life situations.

UN Women and the PF "AIDS Foundation East-West in the KR": supported economic empowerment opportunities for Sezim's clients through participation in the project "Our choice".
in 2019
Women requested help after experiencing gender-based violence, domestic and sexual violence, personal problems and co-dependence. Men requested help with personal problems, addiction or to request information.
Legal protection and legal services
631 legal consultations were provided to 406 people including: 102 statements of claim, 44 advocacy requests, and 15 protection orders.
Legal representation in courts (legal representation and services provided by Sezim's advocate): 43 civil cases (106 court appearances) and 7 criminal cases (47 court appearances). In 32 cases, the court ruled in in favor of Sezim's clients.
Legal advocacy in courts (legal advocacy provided by Sezim's human rights defender): 4 criminal cases (7 court appearances) and 4 civil cases (25 court appearances). In 3 cases the court ruled in favor of Sezim's clients.
Hotline (24/7)
Psychological services
Psychologists and psychotherapist conducted 1715 consultations for 422 people: 87% - women, 13% - men.
53% applied with personal problems;
27% - victims of domestic violence;
12% - victims of gender-based violence; 8% - other.
with the support of the Mayor's office of Bishkek, Ministry of Labor and Social Development of KR, DIMES Foundation
Sezim's 20-bed residential crisis shelter provides temporary refuge to women and children who have experienced violence.
The shelter offers psycho-social and legal services to assist families in living a life free from violence.
For the reporting period the Shelter provided services to 319 people, out of them 145 women and 174 children.
• victims of domestic violence - 139 women and 170 children;
• victims of sexual violence - 2 women and 2 under-aged minors;
• victims of forced marriage - 1 woman;
• victims of human trafficking - 1 woman;
• vulnerable migrants - 2 women and 2 children.
Madina, 32 years old, (son 9 years old, daughter 2 years old): "Of course, it's hard for me now to raise and support two children, but I will never go back to the past, the most important thing for me is that my children finally live in a calm environment" .
In April 2019, Madina applied for help to the Sezim. Madina was a senior nurse who worked for many years in a city hospital. Her husband systematically abused her. For years she hid her bruises under her clothes. Her husband accused her of not being able to give birth to a second child. Madina wanted to save the marriage, and she and her husband adopted a 2-month-old girl.
Her husband continued to beat her. One day, after a severe beating, Madina decided to run away. (Doctors later diagnosed she had suffered a concussion). While running away from him, she injured her leg and ran to a neighbor who called an ambulance. After being released from the hospital, Madina took her children and turned to our Shelter for help. She arrived in a serious psychological condition and was determined to divorce. Madina underwent a rehabilitation program for two months and participated in support groups. She received training on economic empowerment through the "AIDS Foundation East-West" project. With the support of Sezim's lawyer, she filed for divorce and division of property. Since the 2-bedroom apartment where they lived with her ex-husband was registered in the name of his brother, Madina did not receive housing. She was, however, able to sue for her husband's expensive car, which she sold, using the proceeds to buy a 1-room hotel type apartment outside the city of Bishkek. Madina currently lives there with two children. She has been transferred to a local hospital where she works as a nurse. Sezim assisted her in placing her daughter in kindergarten.
In 2019 the Hotline received 1321 calls: 82% - women and 18% - men.
Child psychologist conducted 291 consultations, out of them:
123 consultations for 95 children; 168 - for 133 parents.
The Transit Social Home provides assistance to socially vulnerable and low-income women and their children affected by gender-based, domestic violence and human trafficking during their social reintegration: Through this program Sezim assists clients in completing educational or professional qualifications, finding permanent housing and employment.
In 2019, 31 people lived at the Transit Social Home: 17 women and 14 children.
Transit Social Home "Nur" ("Ray of Hope")
with support from the Bavarian Eastern Society
Alymkan, 49 y.o.: "My life sometimes seems like a bad dream to me, but I woke up and it warms me that there are people next to me who support me".
Alymkan turned to the Sezim on the direction of the district department of social development of the Batken region in the southern part of the country. Alymkan grew up in a large family and got married after graduation. After six years of marriage, her husband abandoned her, "because she did not give birth to children." In 1997, she got married for a second time and left with her husband to work in Kazakhstan where they started working on tobacco plantations. Her husband often drank and severely beat her. Due to frequent scandals, their employer fired them. They changed jobs frequently, engaging in any work for shelter and food. In 2016, unable to bear the beatings and poverty, Alymkan ran away from her husband. She had nowhere to go - her documents were lost. She wandered, interrupted by casual earnings. When the cold weather came, an elderly woman offered her shelter. Alymkan helped the elderly woman with housework. The woman advised Alymkan to return to her homeland. Alymkan felt bad and was often ill. The woman helped her contact the Kyrgyz consulate, and in spring 2019, Alymkan was able to return to Kyrgyzstan. Alymkan was hospitalized in the district hospital; the local department of social development restored her documents and sent her to center Sezim for rehabilitation. Her parents had died. Her brothers refused to accept her. In the shelter, Alymkan received psychological help and actively participated in group trainings. Under the IOM program she underwent treatment. For three months, she lived at Sezim's Transit Social Home. With support she found work as a cleaner in a supermarket. Later, Center Sezim helped her to find a job with accommodation in an agricultural company near Bishkek. During the transition period, center Sezim helped her with food and essentials. Currently she works and lives in the company and maintains regular contact with the psychologist at the center "Sezim".
"Providing complex assistance to victims of domestic violence" in the framework of the state social order from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of KR (November 2018 - November 2019). Psychosocial and legal services for victims of domestic violence.

"Providing assistance to victims of human trafficking and vulnerable migrants" supported by the International Organization for Migration (March - September 2019).

"From professionalization to institutional development of family mediation in Kyrgyzstan", supported by the Democracy Commission of the US Embassy in the KR (September 2019 - September 2020). Sezim is working to establish the national resource center on family mediation. In November 2019, Sezim organized trainings on family mediation conducted by an international trainer-supervisor Tetyana Bilyk (Ukraine).
15 mediators from center Sezim and the PA "Republican Community of KR Mediators" participated in a 3-part training on: "Family Mediation"; "Child inclusive Family Mediation"; "Training of Trainers on Family Mediation".

"New beginnings" supported by the The BEARR Trust (June 2019 - June 2020). In the framework of this project, Club "Sezim 55+" was organized for women of retirement age, who suffered from family violence or were in difficult life situations. The goal of the project was to improve the quality of life of older women by creating a peer support network to overcome social isolation and provide access to legal and psycho-social services. 50 women took part in the project. During the 16-day international campaign against gender-based violence, Club "Sezim 55+" organized theatre forums in four universities in Bishkek. Following each performance by Club 55+ members, Sezim staff led a dialogue between the older generation and students about the problems of gender-based violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan.

Center Sezim took part in the project "Our choice - economic empowerment of vulnerable women in KR" organized by the PF "AIDS Foundation East-West in the KR" and supported by UN Women (August 2017 - July 2019). The purpose of the project was to increase social and economic opportunities for vulnerable women in difficult situations. During the project period, 117 clients of center "Sezim" participated in economic empowerment activities. In 2019, 69 women received help: 34 women were employed; 38 women completed trainings on: "My success in career and in life" and "Business Administration"; 4 women received mini-grants in the form of equipment for work.
Financial Highlights 2019
Tilda Publishing
$ 150 580,00
total funds received to the account of center "Sezim"
$ 3 450,00
from the State budget
$ 1 530,00
private donations
$ 28 815,00
paid taxes and insurance contributions to the State budget
Spending funds on programs:
Shelter and direct help to clients - 44%
Transit Social House "Nur"- 6%
Legal and Advocate services - 13%
Psychological services - 16%
Hotline - 1%
Educational program - 9%
Administrative costs - 11%
In 2019, Sezim employed 20 full-time and 5 contract specialists.
Sezim was assisted by 14 local and 3 international volunteers.

Center Sezim expresses its deep gratitude to State, International, Public Organizations and Private Individuals for their contribution and confidence!

All support is aimed at reducing violence against women and children in Kyrgyzstan.
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