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In the Kyrgyz Republic, the minimal social assistance that families and women received during the Soviet era has been almost entirely eliminated since independence. The lack of state support for families, and women in particular, has led to a spiral effect of family disintegration and poverty, which Aigul Asakeeva refuses to ignore.
As the managing director of CAIConsulting, Aigul recognizes the importance of public sector reforms, institutional development and capacity building to strengthen governmental organizations and assist transitional economies. For Aigul, however, positive social change transcends political and economic transformation.
In 2006, she began speaking with women who strive for success in business and government in an atmosphere of mistrust, discrimination and uncertainty. What began as a few discussions gradually became the Central Asian Business Women’s Association (CABWA) — a community of professional women who are united by their common wish to live in a prosperous country of equal rights and opportunities. The women are bonded by