Kazakhstan Foundation for Cultural Social and Educational Development

Improving the Lives of Women from Rural Kazakhstan


The State of Women in Kazakhstan


Young women in the rural areas of Kazakhstan have limited access to education and opportunities for advancement, suffer gender discrimination and are likely to face threats such as teenage pregnancy, suicide, early marriage, bride kidnapping, and domestic violence. Some migrate to urban areas in search of a better life, but their lack of formal education and life-skills limits their job opportunities and ability to improve their lives and financial situation.

Kazakhstan Foundation for Cultural, Social, and Educational Development (KFCSED) focuses its efforts for social change in three key areas: empowering women through education, advocating for social responsibility and strengthening civic engagement. KFCSED implements comprehensive projects for women from different communities to improve their lives and livelihood.




The largest KFSCED project provides comprehensive training for girls (17-21 years old) from professional schools. The training program lasts for 10 months and includes a complex of training aimed at boosting professional growth and developing life skills. Participants complete the program with skills that allow them to enter labor market and build a career.


This program aims to train leaders on how to create social projects and make a difference and share their experience with other young women aged 18 to 22 years in Almaty. The project’s primary goal is to prepare young people to be active participants in the civic life of their communities by offering them professional trainings on human rights, social responsibility and project management. Students develop self-confidence, problem solving skills and communication skills. By the end of the program, the girls plan and implement their own social project, and hopefully volunteer in their local communities.


The Leadership School project promotes the development of emotional intelligence and empathy for students in the Almaty region. The project consists of 10 interactive training sessions that develop the social and emotional skills needed to help people understand themselves, the world around them and positively influence their own lives and the lives of communities.


Supporting Groups (SG) is a pilot project designed to fight poverty in at-risk communities in the villages in the Almaty region, (Kazakhstan). KFCSED offers training to rural women that enable them to launch SG in their villages. The training is aimed to effect changes in women’s lives by fostering a positive attitude and self-esteem that in turn empowers them to undertake activities that have a positive social-economic impact. Moreover, KFCSED provides a platform for communication and collaboration among local authorities, financial institutions, vulnerable groups of women and community representative. 


Youth for Human Rights takes place over a series of months and changes participants’ mindset. The main purpose of the project is to educate young leaders in Human Rights and raise their awareness by engaging them in impactful activities, so that at the end of the project, participants have a deeper understanding of Human Rights and can be more proactive with these issues in their local communities.

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