I have been researching conflict-related sexual violence for a few years now. Having written a bachelor’s thesis on how rape was used as a weapon of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the early 90’s, I am now looking at prevention methods, with Bosnia and Herzegovina again as my case study, for my master’s thesis…. Read more »
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Story collection through micronarratives is not a new method for UNDP. It has been used to collect data on employment in Kyrgyzstan, to better understand Roma needs in Serbia, and working with youth in Georgia, to just to name a few. But never has it been tried and tested in Tajikistan, until now!
This month marked the 16th year anniversary of the conflict in Kosovo, but the silence on the sexual violence that took place has yet to be broken. The topic itself is still a social taboo. Rape is treated as though it were a death sentence and those who have experienced sexual violence are often shunned… Read more »
A recent economic forecast for Central Asia from the IMF wasn’t exactly optimistic: “Gloomy, with a Chance of Pain” read the headline. This makes the issues of youth unemployment and ballooning labour migration figures in South Kyrgyzstan all the more pressing. It is in this context that we decided to experiment with micronarratives - a methodology used to… Read more »
I was recently invited to Turkey to give a lecture about women police officers in South East Europe. The lecture was to be delivered during a workshop organized for young Afghan women studying at a police officer training programme at the Police Academy in Sivas. As I watched the hall fill up with young female… Read more »
One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”. Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the country involve elements of this ritual. Essentially, “bride kidnapping” is the ritual of ambushing a young woman and detaining her until she agrees… Read more »
With an incredible 300+ sunny days a year, Tajikistan seems primed to be a solar powered force to be reckoned with. A recent UNECE report notes that solar power “could satisfy 60%–80% of the population’s demand for 10 months in the year.” Solar business makes a lot of sense for a country that has a… Read more »
In December, we launched a survey report shedding new light on how corruption affects women and men in civil service in Kosovo*. We were struck by one of the key results: the positive correlation between higher representation of men in decision-making institutions and higher levels of corruption. Are women just less corrupt than men?
Well folks it’s that time again, where I pick up the sizable gauntlet from my predecessor, social media maven Blythe Fraser, and look back upon our year that was. From our old home in Bratislava to our new digs in Istanbul, what have been our most popular stories? What intrigued you the most? What did… Read more »
The first thing you notice when talking to victims of domestic violence is the fear. It’s a kind of fear that overcomes the listener. And yet, this fear can also drive women to punish perpetrators.