Flashback on the Summer Camp 2018

It’s been almost two and a half months since the third part of the joint project “Strengthening Capacity and Skills among Youth Migrants” between Centralasiengrupperna and Children of St. Petersburg was held in Malmö. It was the final part of the project, which was based on the outcomes of previous events, such as mobility of youth workers in December, that consisted of such events as study visits to organisations that work kids, youth and their families with migrational background; and another mobility of youth workers that took place in April in St. Petersburg, where five trainers from Dotterbolaget and Save […]

New intern from Kazakhstan

  (If there’s one thing I miss about Almaty its the view on the mountains 24/7)   Hello everyone! My name is Ildana and I am a new intern for CAG. In this blog I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, what I am going to do at CAG and a fun fact about me to finish this blog post. I come from Almaty, Kazakhstan and have a bachelors degree in Public Administration and Finance from KIMEP University. Throughout my studies I was an active member of one of the largest NGOs – AIESEC and went […]

Central Asia and the Myth of Radicalization

Central Asia, Uzbekistan in particular, has been widely discussed in Sweden because of the terrorist attack in Stockholm on April 7th, 2017. Since then, the major news outlets in Sweden such as Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet have linked terrorism to Uzbekistan and generally Central Asia.[1] In other words, it is said that the regime creates grounds for radical extremism. The analysis of how the Swedish mass media constructs Central Asia infers that the region is prone to widespread radicalization, terrorist activities, and fundamentalism. But is this really the case? Do the regimes in Central Asia create grounds for extremism […]

LGBT activist is charged for organising peaceful photo session in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Zhanar Sekerbaeva, prominent LGBT activist from Kazakhstan and co-founder of feminist initiative Feminita, based in Almaty, was detained on Wednesday, August 14, 2018. According to Feminita, Zhanar, together with Elena Ivanova, Alina Nevidimko and Polina Pollinium, organized photo session at Arbat street in Almaty on August 9th, 2018, dedicated to de-stigmatization of menstruation that attracted a lot of attention both online and during the session itself. Despite that the photo session was peaceful, it was interrupted by men, who pulled out posters in aggressive manner and threatened to take away mobile phone from one of the participant. The participants […]

Encouraging youth’s civic activism related to human rights in villages and smaller cities in Southern Kyrgyzstan

This summer, Central Asia Solidarity Group’s main partner organization Novi Ritm organized not one but two subsequent Human Rights Camp in Osh, Kyrgyzstan! Novi Ritm is a youth organization run by youth for youth, working with informal education about human rights, gender equality and conflict prevention, most of the time using peer-to-peer methods. The camps were held within the framework of a common project Novi Ritm and Central Asia Solidarity Groups has for 2018-2019. It aims at increasing the knowledge and awareness about human rights among youth in Southern Kyrgyzstan on both a social and legislative level, and strengthening their […]

[English] EVS vacancy at Centralasiengrupperna

Deadline: 25.05.2018 From: Centralasiengrupperna  Vacancy: 1 EVS volunteer position Start date: August 2018 (flexible) Duration: 7 months (flexible) EVS vacancy in Swedish NGO Centralasiengrupperna The following vacancy is available at Centralasiengrupperna through an EVS project funded by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society. Qualified and eligible individuals interested in applying for this position are requested to submit CV together with one page letter of motivation and one piece of academic paper no more than seven pages (a piece can be an extract from a larger academic paper written by you) to viktor(a)centralasien.org no later than May 25th, 2018. […]

EVS volunteer from Russia

Hej, everyone! My name is Kseniia Grishniakova and in the middle of November I’ve started my volunteer year in Centralasiengrupperna. Originally I’m from Saint Petersburg, Russia, but here to Sweden came straight forward from Gdynia, Poland where I’ve resided for a bit more than year (1 year and 3 months, to be exact) .According to my education, I’m a specialist in International relations related with Nordic region and a teacher of Russian as a foreign language. After I’ve graduated from my second university in 2015, I got to know Children of Saint Petersburg – volunteer organisation, which provides free Russian […]

Horseback riding in Kyrgyzstan

Being an intern in Kazakhstan

Hello everyone! I am now back in Sweden and have just started to write my master thesis in strategic communication at Lund University. I had a wonderful time in Kazakhstan and will in this blogpost sum up my experiences from living and working as an intern for UNICEF in Astana, Kazakhstan and traveling around Central Asia. UNICEF’s work in Kazakhstan is mainly focused on health, education, child protection and social inclusion. They work with the Government and national and international partners to ensure the rights of all children enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). My […]

“LBTQ-people in Kazakstan are discriminated on many levels in the society”

It has been a hectic year for Zhanar Sekerbayeva. Recently, Zhanar and her colleagues at Kazakhstan Feminist Initiative «Feminita» finalized 228 surveys and 43 interviews with lesbians, bisexuals and queer persons in Kazakhstan. – People sometimes say that we don’t have any lesbians in Kazakhstan. Here’s the proof that they are wrong and also a needs assessment of this group.

Central Asia Days 2017

On November 26th and 27th Centralasiengrupperna (CAG) is hosting the fourth annual Central Asia Days! This two-event will include seminars, lectures, discussions, and a movie screening, with activists and civil society members from Central Asia. Free admission.  Full program: November 26, 13.30 – 19.00 Solidaritetshuset (Draken) Tegelviksgatan 40, Stockholm 13.30 – 14.00 Reception 14.00 – 16.00 Panel discussion  Queer feminism and activism in Central Asia and expression of feminism in art and culture The panel will be led by Zhanar Sekerbayeva, who comes from queer-feminist initiative “Feminita” based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Ruth Jenrbekova, who comes from Creolex cultural center, an […]