HIV: Living behind a disguise


Filed under: Health HIV Social inclusion

In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation. He is a tech-savvy 22-year-old with big plans for the future, ideally with a career in medicine.  Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he wants to get married and start a family, but for now his goal is to pursue his career and… Read more »

A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion

In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »

Violence against LGBT community hinders health and development gains

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Filed under: Development Health HIV Human rights and rule of law Peace and security Social inclusion

The recent attack on the office and staff of LaSky, an NGO working with Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in St. Petersburg, Russia is a reminder of the grave challenges in ensuring that AIDS responses are free of violence, harassment and discrimination. Similar attacks have made LaSky close its HIV outreach work in… Read more »

A chat about transgender issues, human rights and living in a kinder world


Filed under: Gender equality Governance Health HIV Human rights and rule of law Social inclusion

Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, I would like to introduce you to Kirill Sabir, head of the FtM Phoenix Group and supporter and former board member of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (Follow them on Twitter: @ECOM_MSM) I had the privilege to talk to Kirill, an activist and advocate for… Read more »

Albanian citizens on inequalities in health, education and social services


Filed under: Development Gender equality Guest posts Health Poverty Roma Social inclusion

The United for Child Care and Protection Coalition partnered with the United Nations in Albania to consult with the public on the post 2015 development agenda (find out more about the public consultations). We looked specifically at inequality in the following areas: Women’s empowerment Domestic violence Access to social and health services Quality education Discrimination… Read more »

Can the arts be used to overcome prejudice?


Filed under: Guest posts Human rights and rule of law Peace and security Social inclusion

Young actors chose some taboo topics, and tried to provoke an audience of their peers.  The idea was to get them talking – during the performance – about the issues they raised. Strahinja Đelić, a 17-year-old student from Leskovac, spoke about how they chose the topics. “We chose them ourselves based on the problems we… Read more »

Laws should help people with HIV, not punish them


Filed under: HIV

  I was recently in Chisinau, Moldova, where the Global Commission on HIV and the Law met with more than 100 people from 24 countries – individuals, communities, policy and law makers from countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – as part of a region wide effort to improve HIV responses. In this region,… Read more »

Shifting the paradigm: Why disability is a human rights issue


Filed under: Development Human rights and rule of law Social inclusion

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” We must consider it central to our policy and programming work that human rights contribute to addressing the challenges facing persons with disabilities. There is also a powerful reason for us as UNDP for doing so:… Read more »