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      • HIV - Living Behind a Disguise

        17 Feb 2014

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        By UNDP Online Communications Assistant James Brindley - In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation; he is a tech-savvy  urban youth who is always on the hunt for next idea. Right now he works a typical job that a 22-year-old could expect, but dreams about a future career in medicine, so he knows that extra studying lies near in the future. Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he is expected to get married and start a family, but for now he is content to pursue his career and to try and make an impact. He is also living with an illness. In reality, he told me during an interview at the offices of the NGO where he works in Tashkent, his illness is not that bad. There are plenty of things that could make his life harder and shorter, but in the scheme of things he is relatively healthy. What distresses him more are not his illness’s symptoms, but its reputation, and the fact that he cannot tell anyone about it. Sherzhod is not his real name, and he is one of an approximate 24,000 Uzbek people who are HIV-positive. HIV is a persistent problem in Uzbekistan,Read More

      • Gender-based violence in Uzbekistan

        23 Jan 2014

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        Why victims remain silent in Uzbekistan

        By Komila Rakhimova - Putting gender-based violence on the national agenda is of paramount concern for Uzbekistan, as there are few statistics on this issue and services for victims are scarce. The subject of violence against women is taboo not only in society, but also in policy discussions by the nation’s leaders. Across Uzbekistan, only a few shelters and non-governmental organizations, some unofficially, provide services for women and children who have been victims of violence. That’s why we used the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women as an opportunity to get the word out about this subject. The global day is designed to do just that: Get people thinking and talking about an issue that is often unspoken of in day-to-day life. UNDP collaborated with national partners on activities for the annual joint United Nations 16 Days of Activism campaign, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World, which ran from 25 November to 10 December. Campaign activities, including interactive games and quizzes, took place across all 14 regions of the country. Sports associations also played a large role in this year’s campaign by providing demonstrations of self-defence techniques. We also updated our information booklet, which contains contact information for organizations that provide legal,Read More

      • A Day in the Life of … a UNV Community Volunteer Coordinator in Uzbekistan

        13 Dec 2013

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        Maksuda with volunteers at a workshop on raising awareness about preventing HIV and AIDS

        By Andreas Karpati - Meet 40 year old Maksuda Muhsinbaeva, Community Volunteer Coordinator based in Namangan, the most populous city in the Fergana Valley in Eastern Uzbekistan. She has a background in psychology, a decade-long record in community development with both local and international organizations, and is now one of several National United Nations Volunteers throughout the regions of Uzbekistan. The project that Maksuda is part of, Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan, is led jointly by UNDP and UN Volunteers. Its mission is to create an environment that’s more supportive of youth volunteerism, civic engagement, and to encourage the use of innovative approaches to tackle community challenges. The project is based in the capital, Tashkent, and it has no national counterpart, so bringing the project’s benefits outside the capital is a challenge. Given that there’s a considerable opportunity gap between the well-developed metropolitan area of Tashkent and provincial cities (not to mention more rural regions), it’s imperative to make sure the project reaches these areas too. This is where Community Volunteer Coordinators like Maksuda come in. They help deliver the benefits of initiatives like small grants schemes, social innovation workshops or youth-run debating clubs, tried and tested in Tashkent, throughout the country. It’s satisfying but challengingRead More