Support to an advocacy capacity building program in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to improve women’s access to HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, and reproductive health services

Project goal and objectives: to support an advocacy capacity building program in Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Ukraine to improve women’s access to HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, and reproductive health services. In particular, the project aims at mobilising and empowering women to organise for human rights advocacy; raising their awareness on basic human rights and the legal mechanisms they can utilise to protect and advocate for their recognition; and strengthening the capacity of women who use drugs and their communities, harm reduction programmes, and human rights defenders as well as street lawyers to collaboratively monitor, document, and redress human rights violations in communities and in prison facilities through national and international human rights bodies and legal mechanisms.

Key activities: include training and capacity building on human rights for women activists; participation of women activists in high-level international forums, such as the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW); organisation of a special session on the rights and health of women who use drugs during the International Harm Reduction Conference; and organisation of a regional campaign that will enable women activists to document human rights violations and inform women using drugs of available processes to claim their rights and encourage them to utilise these processes.

Expected results: include increased capacity of community-based organizations through mentoring or other technical support; increased number of women activists empowered through training in best practice in harm reduction; increased activism in protection of human rights of women drug users by themselves and by other activists; increased access to antiretroviral treatment, opioid substitution treatment and needle and syringe programmes; increased access to opioid substitution treatment in prisons; and enhanced gender mainstreaming in harm reduction programs.


Completed projects
Countries covered by the project
Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyztan, Ukraine
Project timeline
October 2012 - October 2014
Total budget
USD 100,000.00
Project donor
Levi Strauss Foundation (Фонд Леви Страуса)