On the 11th of June, 2013, the ‘gay propaganda law’ was passed in Russia, thereby making it a criminal offense to distribute ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors.’ At this time, Soldado Kowalisidi was living in Siberia, having recently moved there from Kazakhstan.
It was in Siberia, where […]
In 2013, a law was introduced to the Russian Criminal Code which made“offending the feelings of religious believers” a criminal offense. This law came on the back of a series of political developments born of the tightening of relations between the Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church over the […]
Child marriage continues to be a problem in several countries across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. However, the reasons behind its prevalence vary from country to country and between the many communities that make up each country.
One of the population groups in which the practice of child marriage has persisted […]
The issue of child marriage presents a serious problem to the health and rights of women and girls across several countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. According to the UNFPA regional overview of 2014, cases have been recorded in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (UNSC […]
What language should we use to address the groups and individuals who are opposed to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)? How should we counter homophobic and/ or anti-choice speech?
Scroll down to check out some handy tips on dealing with the opposition.
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1.What are HIV prevention programmes?
HIV prevention programmes aim to prevent transmission of HIV by encouraging behavioral change. For example, one of the first HIV prevention programmes was the ABC programme, which aimed to encourage abstinence, fidelity and contraception:
‘Abstinence, Be Faithful, Use a Condom.’
2. What are the most widely […]
1. Traditionally, conscientious objection has been used ‘in the context of refusal to perform military service.’ In other words, when individuals refuse to do military service due to their personal conviction that it is morally wrong.
Conscientious objection derives from the right to freedom of thought, conscience and […]
If you are active (or thinking about becoming active) in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, you have probably heard a lot of talk about comprehensive sexuality education. But what exactly is CSE?
1. Comprehensive sexuality education is the process of learning about sex, sexuality, relationships and family […]