Islam is on the rise in the oil-rich, secular South Caucasus country and the hijab is a way to make a statement.
For the first time since 1998, deaths outnumber births, escalating the country’s demographic crisis.
Experts fear that a fall in reported cases obscures a hidden epidemic.
Fresh prohibitions have crushed hopes that newly appointed 40-year-old president Serdar Berdymukhamedov would pursue a more enlightened path.
How a girl’s dream to become a police officer raised the bar of gender equality in a conservative region.
An almost unheard job for a woman in the conservative Central Asian country.
Bishkek centre provides rare platform to explore social issues from new perspectives.
Attempts to hold an annual rally has become a highly symbolic tradition for the feminist movement.
Campaigners warn that lockdown left many girls and young women vulnerable to the practice.
Conservative parties obstructed its adoption for supposedly eroding “traditional family values”.