01 Dec 2011
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway meets LGBTI community
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway met with the LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender Individuals) community at CruiseAIDS (an independent Community-Based Organization affiliated with the Blue Diamond Society or BDS) to learn about the challenges and stigmatization connected to people with HIV & STI, as well as sexual and gender minorities.
Although Nepal is a pioneer in South Asia with regard to the formal recognition of LGBTI rights, in practice discrimination against sexual and gender minorities remains widespread in the form of unequal access to education, work opportunities, health services (including HIV related services, placing those affected at a higher risk of contracting the disease), harassment, physical violence, intimidation, and rejection by their families and communities.
The BDS is a national network of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal, working in the field of human rights, legal aid and advocacy on discrimination against sexual and gender minorities, as well as providing HIV & STI services to Men Having Sex with Men (MSM) and transgender individuals and other beneficiaries. UNDP has provided significant support to BDS on local and national level advocacy with diverse stakeholders working in the field of human rights and HIV. UNDP has also supported the production of several media campaigns documentaries focused on stigma and discrimination against LGBTI.