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Civil Society Organization of Tajikistan strive for creating enabling legal environments for populations most at risk for HIV

Civil Society Organization of Tajikistan strive for creating enabling legal environments for populations most at risk for  HIV through realization of their fundamental human rights to information, support and reducing stigma and discrimination.

 25-27 August 2015, Dushanbe, Tajikistan -  UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF) in Tajikistan (UN JAP),  through technical support of civil society organization (CSO) “Equal Opportunities” conducted 3 day workshop dedicated to creating enabling legal environments for populations most at risk for HIV for the realization of their fundamental human rights to information and support, including  access to the qualified services, protection of human rights, reducing gender-based violence of target groups and reducing stigma and discrimination.

Around 60 representatives of SCOs, outreach workers and representatives from vulnerable groups of population took part in an information sessions. The event was focused on discussion and possible solutions on strengthening the national capacity on promoting human rights and gender equality, CSOs to overcome barriers of stigma and protect human rights of PLHIV and improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Kiromiddin Gulov –The head of the CSO “Equal Opportunities” and the moderator of the workshop has mentioned “The situation regarding working with key population groups is too complicated. Commonly, the representatives of CSOs do not fully understand the challenges key populations face, which is very sad. Through these information sessions we would like to strengthen the capacity of CSOs and communities of Tajikistan on human rights, fight with gender violence as well as stigma and discrimination”.

 “Equal Opportunities” is one out of six CSOs supported by UNJAP in Tajikistan to conduct information sessions in the country. The project started its work in July 2015 and will last until  November 2015. During this time period around 1000 representatives of decision - making body, law enforcement agencies, Regional AIDS Centers of the country, stakeholders, CSOs will pass the information sessions and gain knowledge on above mentioned issues.   In particular sessions will be conducted in Dushanbe, Regions of Republican Subordination, Khatlon region,       Sugd region and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.  

  “Women living with HIV are particularly vulnerable to violations of their rights. The following key factors such ignorance and fear, cultural norms and values, some religious teachings, lack of rights awareness and inaccurate and/or irresponsible media coverage contribute to the incidence and perpetuation of stigma and discrimination in society, for this reason, realization of such kind of information sessions is highly important”,emphasized Takhmina Haidarova representative from SCO Network of WomenLiving with HIV/AIDS”.

It should be mentioned that by the end of the advocacy framework the cooperation for further communication with law enforcement agencies, representatives of local authorities, Regional AIDS Centers of the country and communities will bestrengthened.   Also the joint action plan to boost inter-sectoral cooperation on realization of fundamental human rights of most-at-risk populations to information and support, including access to the qualified services will be introduced.

Information:The UN Joint HIV Advocacy Project (UN JAP) in Tajikistan has been implemented since 2005. Over the past years, UN JAP activities were supported from UNDP, UNAIDS, UNICEF and UNFPA.  All interventions supported under UNJAP are aimed at advocacy and assistance to create favorable environment at national and local level for universal access to prevention, treatment and care and vulnerability reduction of key populations with focusing on most-at risk groups,  improving national capacity for scaling up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care including provision of qualitative services, management of the planning, providing evidence based strategic information, implementation of programmes and tracking the epidemic and increasing HIV awareness among the general population and  greater involvement of PLHIV and breaking the barriers of stigma and discrimination and promotion of human rights and gender equality.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Furkatjon Lutfulloev, UNDP Program Analyst  at:  furkatjon.lutfulloev@undp.org or Mr. Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan at: Bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org.





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