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  • Long ride to the taxi rank – progress on transgender rights in Kerala, IndiaLong ride to the taxi rank – progress on transgender rights in Kerala, India“I still remember the day in 2014 when I met with senior Kerala government officials,” recalls Dr Arumugam Vijayaraman, Deputy Director, Voluntary Health Services (VHS) in Chennai, India. “Transgender visibility did not exist at that time in Kerala.” It seemed like it would be a long road ahead for transgender rights and visibility. However, the accelerator has been pushed over the past year, and there have been a series of firsts for the transgender community in Kerala. The latest is the Gender-Taxis (G-Taxis) initiative, a new taxi service operated by transgender people.

  • Bangladesh counters climate change while improving livelihoodsBangladesh counters climate change while improving livelihoodsClimate change is having a dramatic effect on the 150 million citizens in Bangladesh. Learn how innovative coastal plantation programme for the affected communities works to counter effects of sea level rise, while maintaining the sensitive ecosystem and creating economic opportunities for coastal communities.

  • Glacial Lake Floods Prevented in BhutanGlacial Lake Floods Prevented in Bhutan

  • New steps ease access for more affordable medicinesNew steps ease access for more affordable medicinesThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines.

  • Mock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the HouseMock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the HousePacific island countries have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world. The Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu have no women in Parliament, and as at July 2013 Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Marshall Islands had each only one female parliamentarian. This situation is despite the considerable work that has been done to raise awareness with policymakers about the need for temporary special measures to promote women’s representation.

  • Two Multi-Country Programmes Leverage Resources and Partnerships to Reduce Stigma in Health Care Settings in Asia with Support from the Global Fund Two Multi-Country Programmes Leverage Resources and Partnerships to Reduce Stigma in Health Care Settings in Asia with Support from the Global FundThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is leveraging its role under two multi-country programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to develop and roll out an innovative training package to reduce stigma and discrimination at health care settings and enhance HIV, STI and other sexual health services for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia.

  • Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender peopleEngaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender peopleDHAKA – “I was so happy and excited that day. We worked so hard and for so long for this and it was finally becoming a reality,” recalled Shale Ahmed, a prominent Bangladeshi social activist and Executive Director of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS).

  • Harnessing UNDP’s strengths for effective Global Fund HIV grant managementBangkok - The Asia-Pacific region is both contributing to and taking advantage of the global ‘knowledge bank’ of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its response to the HIV epidemic.

  • New steps ease access for more affordable medicinesNew steps ease access for more affordable medicinesThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines.

  • Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowermentIt’s a Thursday morning in the small bustling rural town of Rakiraki and Varanisese Maisamoa is waiting for a bus with two ice boxes to take her to Naivuvuni, a landing where a boat she owns docks at, to collect fish caught during the week.