What it means to be a trans rights activist in Siberia – In conversation with Soldado Kowalisidi

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.’[1] At this time, Soldado Kowalisidi was living in Siberia, having recently moved there from Kazakhstan.

 

It was in Siberia, where […]

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Under the Spotlight: Orthodoxy and Domestic Violence in Russia

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 […]

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Under the Spotlight Discrimination and Gender in Roma Communities

With a 10 – 12 million population in Europe, Roma are Europe’s largest and most marginalized ethnic minority. An estimated 90% of Roma people live in poverty, and illiteracy rates can be as high as 80% in some communities.[1]

Roma experience discrimination across the board, and across Europe, a […]

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Under the Spotlight: Early Marriages in Roma Communities

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 […]

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Child Marriage in Kyrgyzstan

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 […]

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They Say // We Say

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.

(The concept for this article comes from […]

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9 Things You Should Know About HIV Prevention Programmes

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.’[1] 

2. What are the most widely […]

8 Things You Should Know About Conscientious Objection & Abortion

  1. Traditionally, conscientious objection has been used ‘in the context of refusal to perform military service.’[1] 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 […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

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 […]

8 Things You Should Know About Abortion in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA)

1. Abortion, as opposed to contraception, is widely used as means of family planning in some countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Often, other modern family planning methods such as contraception are not accessible or affordable, or are inaccessible due to the stigma attached to them. This leads many women […]

By | 2018-05-19T22:54:09+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: Burning Issues|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments