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For LGBTI in Eastern Europe, a struggle to exist

This week, UNDP and USAID are releasing evidence on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons across the Western…


What does inequality look like?

Photographer Jodi Hilton traveled to 5 countries in Europe & Central Asia to document inequalities for UNDP’s Regional Human Development Report. Here is what she saw through her lens.  


In remote Kyrgyzstan, itinerary justice under a tree

At 10 in the morning, when I arrive in the village of Baitik, it’s already 30 degrees and there is not a single cloud in the sky. Today, I took a break from the computer and meetings and am…  


Free legal aid comes to Kyrgyzstan

I sense a great deal of pain and dignity in the woman in front of me. I imagine how much it must have cost her to open up like this. She found out about our pro bono project on the Internet, in…  


When it comes to law reform, think long-term: Plan ahead, plan better

In the Kyrgyz Republic, there are 172,800 people with disabilities – corresponding to 2.9 percent of the population. Out of these, 28,200 are children living in orphanages. The average amount of the…  


Kyrgyzstan: what does it take to make the invisible visible?

A friend in Kyrgyzstan recently told me about the first time she saw a person with disabilities: She had just turned 19 and left the country to study abroad. Day-to-day life makes it easy to forget…  


A symbolic change: Time to rebrand justice?

Justice is often symbolized as a blindfolded woman holding a scale in one hand and a sword in the other. I believe this symbol contributes to the ongoing perception that justice is closely linked with…  


A Call to Action: Stop “Bride Kidnapping"

One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”. Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the…  


A child’s guide to corruption in Kyrgyzstan

There is nothing that gives me more energy, enthusiasm, and excitement for the future than talking with children. Over past few days, I had the opportunity to visit several schools in Bishkek to talk…  


Youth and technology for peace in Kyrgyzstan

10 November marked both World Youth Day and the fifth annual youth conference JashtarCamp 2013, which brought together more than 1,000 young people from across Kyrgyzstan to discuss technology and…  


Central Asia: a greener path to achieving the Global Goals

In the Central Asia region, the depletion of natural capital has become an urgent concern. A stark reminder of the region’s challenges is the drying up of the Aral Sea, which remains one of the…  

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