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The сall of the communities for creating enabling legal environments for populations most at risk for HIV in Tajikistan

14 October 2016, 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) “Association of Social Workers Faroshturuk” conducted one day workshopdedicated 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 30 representatives of law enforcement, SCOs, outreach workers and representatives from vulnerable groups of population took part inthe workshop. The following 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.

Nazira Rozikova –The head of the CSO “Faroshturuk”and the moderator of the workshop has mentioned about existing stigma and discrimination in relation to vulnerable groups especially PLHIV, particularly shestressed that“Stigma and discrimination against PLHIV in the country can enhance the dissemination of HIV among people. 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”.

CSO “Faroshturuk”is one out of 2 CSOs supported by UNJAP in Tajikistanto conduct information sessions in the country.The project started its work inAugust 2016 and will last until the end of November 2016. During this period of time around 400 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 ofRepublican Subordination andKhatlon region.

Takhmina Haidarova- The head of CSO Network of WomenLiving with HIV/AIDS”  emphasized“If a person is HIV-positive and decides not to get tested because they do not want to become stigmatized because of their HIV-status, they may be unknowingly spread HIV to others. The threat of being stigmatized and subjected to discrimination may be so strong that people who know they are at risk for HIV may elect not to get tested because they would rather not find out that they are HIV-positive. In order to effectively combat the HIV/AIDS and to offer PLHIV the better support and services, we must to do everything we can to reduce the stigma and discrimination that exists today”.

As a result 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 bestrengthenedand thejoint action plan to boost inter-sectoral cooperation on realization of fundamental human rights of most-at-risk populations to information and support will be developed. 

For more information, please contact: 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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