The life story of an admirable woman

In 2012, I met a brave woman who made a deep impression on me. Her name is Thuy. Due to the stigma attached to sex work, she felt forced to hide from her family that she was earning her money as a sex worker for eleven years. Her story is about…

We are here to save people’s lives

There is still a long way to go in terms of health and sexuality in the society where I live in. Peer educators of OUT Well-Being, including myself, play a vital role in giving good information and building an empowered LGBT community in South…

LeGaBiBo raises awareness about homosexuality in Botswana

When one day, I was in a taxi bus with my gay friends, a passenger talked about things that are offensive to Botswanan culture. He stated that ‘the youth of today’ are imitating the Western lifestyle. When the driver brought up the issue…

Ensuring more meaningful involvement of people who use drugs

In Indonesia, the human rights of people who use drugs are often violated. My organisation, the Indonesian Network of People who Use Drugs (PKNI), wants to ensure that these people are aware of their rights. We give them a voice and work on…

Clearing obstacles for sex workers living with HIV

When I found out about my status, I was angry with the whole world. I hated everybody. This has changed. I am living with HIV, but I discovered that others have even worse troubles. And they don’t lose hope, but keep on living with their problems…

Working for a good life for my son and myself

Recently, one of my clients came to me and said ‘I’m not going to use a condom’. When I refused him, he became very angry. But I don’t want to risk my life. I have my son to look after and for that reason I’m more careful. When I got…

Supporting injecting drug users living with HIV

My name is Eugene. I am a man of 27 years old and I live in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. I work as an outreach counsellor in a harm reduction project at the Nika Kyiv Foundation. Although I am not personally affected by HIV, I have many friends…

Little things can make a big difference in a person’s life

I quite vividly recall one situation that I encountered in my work as peer educator in Pretoria, South Africa. It happened when I had just started doing this work. In the area where I live, I was establishing myself as a peer educator and I…

Little things can make a big difference in a person's life

I quite vividly recall one situation that I encountered in my work as peer educator in Pretoria, South Africa. It happened when I had just started doing this work. In the area where I live, I was establishing myself as a peer educator and I…

My visit to Pakistan: Taking home valuable experiences

My name is Teresia. I am a social mobiliser at the Omari project in Malindi, Kenya. We work on harm reduction for people who use drugs. In 2013, I made a four-day trip to Pakistan together with people from three partner organisations in Kenya.…

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