Well-being and Coping Strategies of Single Mothers in Osh after the 2010 Conflict in Kyrgyzstan
Speaker: Dr Aksana Ismailbekova
Date: 11 September 2014, 4.00 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia (UCA), 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic,2nd Floor Conference Room.
The 2010 inter-communal violence in Kyrgyzstan left the women of Osh exposed to many difficulties. Satisfactory living conditions were replaced by increased challenges such as deteriorating health and education systems, declining communication and economic opportunity and the loss of property. The increased mortality rate of males and labour migration during and after the conflict resulted in an increased number of single mothers. This study investigates trends related to the well-being of these women, examining their coping mechanisms and the factors that make their lives meaningful in post-conflict Osh.
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Aksana Ismailbekova is a post-doctoral researcher at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, and is a member of the competence network Crossroads Asia project 2011–2014. She received her PhD in social anthropology from Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. She has conducted research on conflict, marriage, patronage, kinship and politics in rural Kyrgyzstan.
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.