UNODC is The First Among International Community of Kyrgyzstan Who Organized NFT Event For Youth

January 19, 2023

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Programme office in the Kyrgyz Republic, US Government in partnership with WeinCrypto and OLOLO House awarded prizes to the winners of the on-line video/photo/2D and 3D art competition among youth of Bishkek city aged 13 to 20 under the theme of “Don’t be scared. Stop it. Live!”, in support to the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence against women and girls” Global Campaign.


The competition was conducted as part of two UNODC-implemented project “Promoting effective investigation and prosecution of gender-based violence in the Kyrgyz Republic” supported by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US State Department.


“I thank you for the opportunity to be with you today to honor those participants that have utilized their artistic skill and talent to spread the message concerning the dangers of gender-based violence. The United States takes the issue of gender-based violence very seriously and works with our partners, such as UNODC, to not only convey that message but to also develop programs to educate and reduce the number of gender-based violence cases. Competitions such as this, shows that message of combatting gender-based violence can be expressed in many ways. Each of which can reach groups that may not otherwise be aware of the dangers and consequences of gender-based violence”, said Mr. Charls Hardway, Director of Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Mr. Andrey Seleznev, Head of the UNODC Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic, welcomed the contestants and, on behalf of the UNODC, expressed gratitude for their participation and caring stance on a problem that, unfortunately, continues to grow in a country in which women and girls are abused.

“Women in Kyrgyzstan suffer from domestic violence, human trafficking and other forms of physical or sexual abuse. In addition, the revival of some forms of socio-cultural practice, often misinterpreted as a religious custom, is increasingly restricting a woman's right to take control of her own life,” Mr. Seleznev said.

The first place winners will be enrolled into Weincrypto’s NFT incubator where they will learn all stages of NFT art works creation and fundraising processes. Second and third prize winners received electronic gadgets  . As the result of the competition, a collection of NFT on UNODC POKYR #IAgainstViolence will be created and winners’ works will be published in the UNODC wall calendar devoted to March 8, International Women’s Day.

During the award ceremony, all interested and talented youth participated at an NFT masterclass from Ms. Tatyana Zelenskaya and Ms. Varvara Lokteva on how to create artificial intelligence-assisted NFT. Ms. Tatyana Zelenskaya conducted separate sessions to review each work of the contest participants.

“In 21st century, each person should take responsibility for his actions. Not every one can explain and judge his/her actions correctly especially if a person committed a crime. I think this problem [GBV] should not only be discussed but must be solved, eradicated. I believe that life without gender-based violence will develop faster if not only men’s opinion is counted”, said Darkhan Talantbaev, first prize winner, when explaining his artwork.


For any inquiry and information, contact Vasilina Brazhko (Ms.)

Communication and PR Specialist at

UNODC Criminal Justice &PVE Programmes

in Central Asia

UNODC PO in the Kyrgyz Republic

+996775987817 WhatsApp or

vasilina.brazhko [at]