Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 10.57.18 AM Asia Catalyst understands the importance of implementing policy change at the highest levels. To that end we engage in strategic and targeted independent and collaborative evidence-based advocacy, aimed at ending discrimination and increasing rights protections for all. Our research reports draw on individual testimony to document human rights issues that affect marginalized groups in Asia, founded on comprehensive context analysis. We use international experience and legal analysis to make policy and law reform recommendations. We also work with the United Nations, international networks of NGOs, government stakeholders, and international donors to promote policies that are evidence-based and founded in international human rights law and practice.

Recent research and advocacy has included:

  • My Life is Too Dark to See the Light: a survey of the living conditions of transgender female sex workers in Beijing and Shanghai
  • The first comprehensive English-language report on China’s Custody and Education system—with documentation done in collaboration with two sex worker CBOs—and Asia Catalyst’s sustained, evidenced-based advocacy on the issue.
  • Asia Catalyst’s Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy’s appointment to The Global Fund’s Developing Country NGO Delegation board, where she actively represents the voices of civil society organizations in the Asia Pacific region.
  • China’s Blood Disaster: The Way Forward, the 2012 report that brought the financial needs of the tens of thousands of people affected by China’s HIV-tainted blood disaster to the world’s stage.
  • Executive Director Charmain Mohamed’s appointment to The Global Fund’s Human Rights Reference Group, helping shape key discussions on community engagement and human rights mechanisms for the New Funding Model.