Asia

Gaurav: Reducing HIV-related Stigma among Female Sex Workers

Gaurav: Reducing HIV-related Stigma among Female Sex Workers

Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), ICRW
2013

HIV-positive sex workers are a highly marginalized group in India because of their HIV status and because their work is considered immoral and illegal. As a result they experience intersecting stigmas that impede their health and livelihood options. Using a community-based participatory approach, this project aimed to improve the quality of life of HIV-positive female sex workers (FSWs) by addressing the stigma and discrimination they face. The initiative was conducted in Bagalkot and Belgaum districts in north Karnataka and was part of a larger effort to adapt and pilot test a global stigma reduction framework to the Indian context.

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Reducing Stigma to Improve Engagement in HIV Care among Men who Have Sex with Men

Reducing Stigma to Improve Engagement in HIV Care among Men who Have Sex with Men

The Humsafar Trust, ICRW
2013

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are particularly vulnerable to HIV as well as to other physical and psychological health concerns. MSM experience multi-layered stigma and discrimination as a result of their perceived or real HIV status and their same-sex behavior. Because of social and cultural non-acceptance of their sexuality and fear of being ridiculed, MSM experience internalized stigma, which manifests as guilt, depression, lack of confidence and unwillingness to discuss their sexual lives. This not only influences their mental health but also, combined with enacted or perceived stigma by health care providers, can impede the utilization of health services by MSM. Through a process of research and joint discussion of findings, this project created a foundation for combating stigma at both the individual and institutional levels. It was part of a larger effort to adapt and pilot test a global stigma reduction framework to the Indian context.  

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A Global HIV Stigma Reduction Framework Adapted and Implemented in Five Settings in India

A Global HIV Stigma Reduction Framework Adapted and Implemented in Five Settings in India

ICRW, STRIVE, UNDP
2013

To support India's National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), ICRW with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has adapted an existing global HIV stigma reduction framework for the Indian context and pilot tested the frameowrk in five settings in India (see below for the case study in each setting).  This report synthesizes the lessons learned from the process, including the feasibility and relevance of the framework for use by the NACP and other global stakeholders in informing stigma reduction interventions and measurement. 

Five Case Studies

 

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Radio Interview: Masculinity in Public Spaces

Ravi Verma Interview with Good Morning Delhi - Segment Four
Thu, 04/04/2013
Good Morning Delhi, Radio One

In this final segment of his interview with Good Morning Delhi, ICRW's Ravi Verma talks to a caller about her recent encounter with verbal abuse in Delhi. Verma touches on the problem of men viewing public spaces as theirs alone and on the long-term stake in raising boys to be more equitable in their relationships.

Radio Interview: Redefining Masculinity

Ravi Verma Interview with Good Morning Delhi - Segment Three
Thu, 04/04/2013
Good Morning Delhi, Radio One

ICRW's Ravi Verma joins Good Morning Delhi to talk about why and how masculinity needs to be redefined.  

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Radio Interview: Changing Perceptions of Masculinity

Ravi Verma Interview with Good Morning Delhi - Segment Two
Thu, 04/04/2013
Good Morning Delhi, Radio One

ICRW's Ravi Verma continues his discussion on Good Morning Delhi. Verma says that changing notions of masculinities is difficult, but it can be done. He continues by outlining some of the challenges and opportunities.

Continue the discussion on masculinity with Segment Three of the interview.

Radio Interview: Is Masculinity a Negative Term?

Ravi Verma Interview with Good Morning Delhi - Segment One
Thu, 04/04/2013
Good Morning Delhi

Good Morning Delhi asks if masculinity is a reason for gender inequality, is it a negative term? Ravi Verma, Regional Director of ICRW's Asia Office, notes that it is a far more deep-rooted concept and is a set of practices that position men in terms of others. It is about perceptions and power, and can be either a positive or negative concept.

Click here to listen to segment two of Ravi's interview

Addressing Comprehensive Needs of Adolescent Girls in India

Addressing Comprehensive Needs of Adolescent Girls in India
A Potential for Creating Livelihoods

Priya Nanda, Priya Das, Arushi Singh and Ruchika Negi
2013

Strengthening and utilizing the economic potential of girls is a critical approach for economic development. Unfortunately there has been little analysis of programs that address the multiple needs of adolescent girls, including enhancing their livelihood potential by building their economic agency. This report highlights findings from a scoping study to understand the state of the field of adolescent programming in India and to inform the design of future comprehensive programs that address both the productive and reproductive dimensions of girls’ lives. The methodology included reviewing the literature, mapping organizations and programs for adolescent girls focused on livelihoods and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights, interviewing technical experts, and conducting field visits to select programs in Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

Among its findings, the study identifies the following key program elements that need to be strengthened to meet adolescent girls' comprehensive needs:

  • Community buy-in
  • Safe spaces for engagement
  • Programming with a strong gender lens
  • Responding to girls' aspirations and practical needs
  • Expanding the scope of livelihoods beyond skill-building activities to include job placement and/or support to enable gilrs to become self-employed.

The report concludes with recommendations directed to practitioners, policymakers and donors for catalyzing comprehensive programming for adolescent girls.

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Lyric Thompson

Lyric
Thompson
Senior Policy Manager
Bio: 

Lyric Thompson is Senior Policy Manager at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and manages the institution’s advocacy efforts with the US Government and Internationally. Lyric also serves as co-chair of the Girls Not Brides USA advocacy coalition working to end child marriage, on the steering committee of the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence Globally, and plays a leadership role in various other coalitions advancing the global policy agenda on women and girls. Her ICRW field work includes building the advocacy capacity of a coalition of women’s property rights groups in Tanzania and mobilizing a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve gender-responsive, urban development in slum communities of Mumbai, India.

Lyric brings expertise in policy and advocacy on such issues as women, peace and security; violence against women; girls’ rights; child marriage and women’s economic empowerment. She has advocated for gender-equitable policies at the United Nations, White House, State Department, Department of Defense, USAID and on Capitol Hill. She is a women’s issues expert and blogger for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation and a primary expert and strategist for Amnesty International USA’s women’s human rights program. In 2012 she served as a leadership and empowerment expert on the selection committee for the Women Deliver Top 50 Innovations and Ideas that Deliver for Women. In 2011, Diplomatic Courier Magazine named her among the Top 99 Under 33 Young Professionals Impacting Foreign Policy.

Prior to joining ICRW, Lyric worked as Senior Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer at Women for Women International, where she advised officials at the White House, State Department and Department of Defense in the crafting of the United States’ first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Prior to this, she worked on USAID-funded conflict mitigation and democratic governance projects in Sudan and Serbia for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), where she conducted fieldwork on post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Sudan. Lyric has addressed the UN General Assembly on harmful widowhood rituals and given testimony to the Human Rights Council’s Special Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice.

Contact Lyric at lthompson@icrw.org and follow her on Twitter: @lyricthompson

Expertise: 

Adolescents, Economic Empowerment, Violence against Women, Advocacy and Policy Engagement

Languages Spoken: 

English (native); Spanish (proficient)

Education: 

Lyric is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a graduate of the Bard College Program on Globalization and International Affairs.

RADIO INTERVIEW: ICRW's Nandita Bhatla Discusses Gender Equality in India

Wed, 03/27/2013

ICRW's Nandita Bhatla joins Indian radio show "Have a Heart" to discuss gender equality in India, ICRW's research with Indian youth, and what can be done to combat pre-existing attitudes and behavioral norms. 

Listen to Nandita's interview here>>

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