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Greetings from Yangon! Our capacity building and advocacy work has been “full steam ahead” over these past three months, and I’m excited to share highlights of our progress.
Building on our community-led research project on discrimination in healthcare settings in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, and Vietnam, we held advocacy follow-up workshops with local groups and key stakeholders in Cambodia and Myanmar. In China, we conducted organizational management and advocacy coaching and training workshops for a wide range of advocates working on LGBT, youth, disability, and HIV issues. We organized efforts to address the problem of law enforcement practices undermining public health goals, and released our report on police use of “condoms as evidence” of prostitution in China, based on testimony from 517 female, male, and transgender sex workers in 3 major cities. We will bring together Chinese and Vietnamese sex worker advocates, scholars, and lawyers to discuss strategies to abolish the custody and education system, learning from real-world success stories to close unlawful, ineffective detention centers.
In July, Asia Catalyst sent Gareth Durrant, Director of Partnerships and Programs, to the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Durban, South Africa. In the blog post below, Gareth explains Asia Catalyst’s historical involvement in the conference, offers personal highlights and reflections from his trip, and gives us a glimpse into what Asia Catalyst is hoping to bring to IAC in 2018.