Central Asia Days 2018

On November 25th and 26th Centralasiengrupperna is hosting the fifth annual Central Asia Days conference in Stockholm! This two-event will include seminars, lectures, discussions, and a movie screening, with activists, civil society members and researchers. Free admission. Sign up here: https://simplesignup.se/event/141000  Full program: November 25, 12.00 – 19.15 ABF Huset (Per-Albin room), Sveavägen 41, Stockholm 12.00 – 12.30 Reception 12.30 – 14.00 Lecture: Gender Equality: Soviet vs Independent Kyrgyzstan The lecture will be held by Aisuluu Namasbek kyzy from the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The lecturer will focus on comparison of gender equality in soviet and post-soviet Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan experienced numerous […]

New EVS at Centralasiengrupperna!

After taking my yet the longest flight from Singapore to Copenhagen, I am finally here in Malmo! The past few months I have spent working with children and youth in a beautiful offshore southern city of Vietnam called Vung Tau. It was a great experience learning about the culture, the history and the people of the region once known as Cochinchina. Moving to Sweden meant few drastic changes for me: from hot to cold, from cheap to expensive, from little diversity of Vung Tau to incredibly heterogeneous society of Malmo. As the first weeks in Sweden pass by, I am still […]

Project and partnership developer, Eira Fallen

Hello, Eira here! I have been working as the project and partnership developer at CAG since July. I have recently returned from a trip to Kyrgyzstan and Russia where I have visited our partner organisations Novi Ritm and Children of St Petersburg as well as other organisation as we are currently looking for new partnerships. The trip was inspiring, packed with new knowledge and a great start for my new job! My main working tasks are to write applications and to maintain and expand our contacts within our network. I have thus far, with help from the CAG team, submitted an application for a small capacity building project […]

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 […]

New strategic goals 2018-2023

During Central Asia Solidarity Groups’ board days 6 strategic goals were set for the next 5 years of organisation’s activity, untill the Annual Meeting in 2023. The goals were devided in 6 thematic areas: organisation’s structure, organisation’s culture, partnerships, information and advocacy work, as well as two goals that clarify our programs, thematic areas and theory of change. You can read more about these goals here: Strategic goals CAG

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. […]