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 […]

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 […]

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.

Emma Rönngren

Presentation of Emma, intern at UNICEF Kazakhstan

Hi! My name is Emma Rönngren and I am a second year master student in strategic communication at Lund University. I am currently living in Astana, Kazakhstan where I am doing a two month long internship at the UNICEF country office. The internship is part of my studies and the reasons why I ended up in Kazakhstan are many. First and foremost because of my passion for the Russian language and culture, and my weakness for former Soviet states. I have two bachelor degrees: one in public relations and one in Russian language and literature. During my studies I have lived, […]