I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Human rights
In the ancient Japanese martial art of jujutsu, the attacker never uses full force; rather, he or she exploits the other party’s weakness. The attacker must understand the opponent, calculate their force, appreciate the strengths, and notice the shortcomings. Only then can each move be focused and truly effective.
The Human Rights Lab (HuRiLab) Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity for young people in Europe and Central Asia with a passion for human rights to put their ideas into action. The concept behind HuRiLab is simple: Engage more people in addressing the challenges posed by discrimination and marginalization. But how does it apply to the fellowships?
In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »
At UNDP we try to look at a situation from all angles. When it comes to the rights of people with disabilities, we like to think about how to answer the tough questions: In Kazakhstan, we designed a mobile app to connect those with hearing and speaking disabilities with emergency services; while in Belarus, we… Read more »
The above photograph was taken several years ago as evidence that a UNDP project was helping ensure a community had safe drinking water. In the picture you can see the women digging a ditch with a ketmen, a traditional shovel-like tool in Uzbekistan. And what are the men doing? They are standing nearby, overseeing the digging…. Read more »
Only a few days away from International Human Rights Day – I’m excited to take part in the upcoming events at @UNDPEurasia to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and contribute to this year’s theme 20 Years: Working For Your Rights. What to expect on Tuesday? Join our Twitter takeover… Read more »
With HuRiLab 2.0, anyone interested in shaping human rights and justice programmes can now have their say. Innovation is quickly becoming the buzzword in the human rights and justice world. Just a couple of years ago, the people of Iceland used crowdsourcing to have their pleas for a new constitution heard. And then there’s Innovating… Read more »
Originally posted on the HuRiLab website It started with a simple but profoundly daunting question from a young student named Maimuna who I met at the Tashkent Social Enterprise for Employment of Persons with Disabilities during a recent visit to Uzbekistan. She asked me about the United Nations and its functions. I tried to explain… Read more »
I recently joined discussions on the European Union’s next phase of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (2014 to 2020), and got to talking about how countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey have led their own transitions, underpinned by reforms they are conducting in line with European Union (EU) aspirations. Advances and reforms on all… Read more »