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Development: Non-Governmental Organizations: Central Asia
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One of the main features of the modern development of Central Asia is the increasing rate of women's activity in the public sphere. Civic and volunteer initiatives of women's non-governmental organizations (WNGOs) make important contributions toward solving actual social problems of these countries. Similar organizations were established and worked during the Soviet period. They were formed “from above” and were financially supported by the state and the Communist Party. They worked under strict supervision. Their func…

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Matikeyeva, Sairagul, “Development: Non-Governmental Organizations: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0222c>
First published online: 2009

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