South Caucasus Network of MSM/Trans Organisations established
Press release from the newly established network.
Gender and Development NGO (Azerbaijan), We for Civil Equality NGO (Armenia) and Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health - Tanadgoma NGO (Georgia) have signed an agreement on the establishment of the first-ever Network of organizations working on HIV/AIDS prevention among MSM (men having sex with men) and TG (transgender) communities.
The Network’s mission is strengthening efforts to address HIV/AIDS epidemic among MSM and TG communities, the initiators say.
The organizations have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Strategic Partnership which should promote coordination of programs in the field of HIV prevention among MSM/TG in the South Caucasus region.
The parties have agreed to cooperate in the following strategic areas and directions:
- Providing consultative assistance at all levels of the decision making process, elaboration and improvements of policies addressing socially important diseases;
- Promoting the capacity building of specialists and leaders of non-commercial organizations working in the field of public health system;
- Supporting improvements in the legislative and law enforcement practices and in the field of public health and healthcare system;
- Attracting resources and funds, as well as adapting to the international experience by supporting regional and international cooperation programs
The invitation to join the Network will be posted on the websites of the three partner organizations. The country coordinators of the Network are:
1. Kamran RZAYEV, president of Gender and Development NGO, Azerbaijan
2. Dr. Karen BADALYAN, president of We for Civil Equality NGO, Armenia
3. Nino TSERETELI, executive director of Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health - Tanadgoma NGO, Georgia
The Azerbaijan-based Gender and Development NGO (www.lgbt.az) is currently the only organization working with MSM/TG communities in Baku and other cities of Azerbaijan and established in 2007,
The Armenia-based We for Civil Equality NGO (www.wfce.am) is the first LGBT organization in the South Caucasus. One of the organization’s strategic work areas is HIV/AIDS/STI prevention among MSM/TG.
The Georgia-based Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health - Tanadgoma NGO (www.tanadgoma.ge) is the first organization working with MSM/TG groups in Georgia. Starting from 2000, the organization has been working on HIV/AIDS prevention among high-risk groups.
THE SOUTH CAUCASUS NETWORK OF MSM/TG ORGANIZATIONS has been established within the framework joint project funded by amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research - www.amfar.org)