Penn Law International

Governing Like a Woman: A Charge Leveled Against her by her Oponents

September 24, 2019

Dr. Roza Otunbayeva
Former President of Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia’s first woman leader)

This discussion shines a light on Otunbayeva's remarkable leadership in building peace in post-conflict and advances the importance of women’s leadership in resolving conflict. Otunbayeva is the only woman head of state to steer her country through a peaceful transition of power and, fearlessly step down from power after the transition.  As president, she led a constitutional creation process that established Kyrgyzstan as the first parliamentary republic in Central Asia. She urged a pluralistic democratic process through then process by bringing to the table all political parties and civil society leaders to draft the new Constitution.

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