[English] Residence for Climate activist in Kyrgyzstan

Central Asia Solidarity Groups (Centralasiengrupperna) is co-organizing an activist residency in Kyrgyzstan, together with the youth organization Novi Ritm. The residence will take place during 2 weeks in November, primarily based in the southern city of Osh with Novi Ritm as the hosting organization. We are currently looking for suitable candidates for this residence. During the residence the activist will work closely with Novi Ritm and conduct a series of activities, including lectures, workshops, planning sessions and meetings. As Novi Ritm and its young members and volunteers are rather new to the thematic areas of environment and climate, the activist […]

[English] Interview with an activist from Uzbekistan

Photo caption: Freedom to all immediatly Let us welcome Lola to a board of active youth in Central Asia! Lola has been selected as one of the participants of the summer residency arranged by CAG a month ago. Regrettably, Lola was not able to come to Sweden, because of issues with her visa. Nevertheless, we are in touch with Lola and discuss ways of potential collaborations in the future. Lola was born and raised in one of the remote areas of Uzbekistan (more about Uzbekistan: https://centralasien.org/en/uzbekistan-en/). Her family is not big. She has a little niece, who she likes to […]

[English] Positive changes through social coffee shop in Osh

“Social coffee shop brings positive social changes among the youth of Osh”  Our dear friends, We are here today to share some updates from our partner organization in Osh, Kyrgyzstan – Novi Ritm. Lately, Novi Ritm has been expanding and building opportunities for youth of the country to speak up about the challenges in the society of Kyrgyzstan. And today we are going to talk about a specific core area of the organization – social entrepreneurship. It is a new working area for Novi Ritm, but they already created the first social coffee shop in Osh! This blogpost will dwell […]

[English] Talgat joins Centralasiengrupperna!

It’s funny how small and interconnected the world is nowadays. After I applied for EVS, I learnt that a few friends of mine have done this program. I just remember them once mentioning that they volunteered in Sweden at Central…? ? … (back then, It was hard to grasp even the name of CAG from the first try) turns out I have completely missed out that part of my friends’ stories. Several years later, here I am at CAG as a new EVS. Coincidence? Probably, not! ? Now I can assure that not only do I know how to pronounce Centralasiengrupperna, […]

[English] Summer residency in Sweden with a participant from Tajikistan

”In the near future, I would be happy to see a well-educated and respectful to each  other society in Tajikistan” Last week I had a great pleasure to interview an open, cheerful and persistent person, Mekhrubon, the first ever participant of CAG’s summer residency program from Tajikistan.  The activity was held in Malmö from June 12th until June 27th.   What is summer residency indeed?  Summer residency is part of a larger project that aims to invite civil society representatives from Central Asia to reinforce their capacities in strategic organizational positions by increasing  knowledge, sharing experiences and best practices, exploring method […]

[English, Revised] Volunteering opportunity with Central Asia Solidarity Groups

Deadline: June 12th, 2020 Hosting organization: Central Asia Solidarity Groups/Centralasiengrupperna Vacancy: 1 volunteering position Start date: August/September, 2020 (flexible) Duration: 12 months Volunteering opportunity with Central Asia Solidarity Groups The following vacancy is available at the Swedish organization Central Asia Solidarity Groups, through the European Solidarity Project funded by Erasmus+ and managed by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society. Candidates, who are interested in this volunteering position must register at European Solidarity Corps portal and submit their CV together with one page letter of motivation no later than June 12th, 2020. Central Asia Solidarity Groups’ OID is E10064468. Candidates […]

[English] Youth workers from Kyrgyzstan and Poland visit Malmö

     “Youth Agents for Change – Combating Discrimination Based on Gender Age and Ethnicity”           Mobility of youth workers in Malmö, Sweden  Dear folks, how did you spend your last few days? For us, these were very intensive and at the same time productive days. CAG together with our partner organizations in Kyrgyzstan – Noviy Ritm and in Poland – KobieTY had a week (May 20-May 26, 2019) of the mobility of youth workers together with civil society organizations working with youth in Sweden.  Participants of the program during an introductory session (Day 1) The […]

Den nyckfulle Nazarbajev

Kazakhstan skakades i mars av en stor nyhet: den sittande presidenten skulle avgå. Det var något som i den centralasiatiska regionen tidigare endast hänt i Kirgizistan, och då efter massiva folkliga protester, i det närmaste revolutioner. Och den här gången skedde det dessutom frivilligt och inte i samband med ett val. Däremot följdes händelsen upp med ett antal manövrar som milt uttryckt något grumlade förhoppningen om ett överlämnande av makt från ledaren som i 28 år styrt världens till ytan nionde största land. Samma dag som Nursultan Nazerbajev, mannen som förkroppsligat Kazakhstan sedan 1991, klev av röstades det igenom en […]

(Photo taken in Paris, France in 2017)

[English] Ainagul joins Centralasiengrupperna!

“Close your eyes and turn your face into the wind. Suddenly, you know you are alive.” This quote (the author is unknown or I just didn’t make good research) describes the best of my feelings about Malmö. One of the coolest things I love about this city is a windy weather. By the way, I haven’t introduced myself yet, have I? Hi, folks over there ^-^ My name is Ainagul.  Here are some must-know facts about me: I am a civil activist. I have been engaged in activism for more than 5 years. I started my activism journey in 2014 […]

[English, Revised] Volunteering opportunity at the youth-led feminist organization Novi Ritm in Kyrgyzstan (fully-covered)

Are you interested in issues related to youth and gender? Are you willing to become part of the dynamic youth-led, and the only proclaimed feminist organization, Novi Ritm, in Kyrgyzstan? Then read on and apply! We are looking for candidates, who are: -between 17-30 years old -citizens of Sweden -enthusiastic about working with issues related to age, gender, and ethnicity -experienced in engagement in civil society -independent, responsible and responsive -fluent in written and spoken English -positive problem-solvers with good interpersonal and team-working skills. About the project: -Duration: minimum 6months (volunteering can last up to 12 months) -Venue: Novi Ritm […]