How do you create unprecedented social change in Kyrgyzstan? Gather health officials, mix in some of the best doctors and psychiatrists, and add determined LGBT activists. Then, watch as they build trust, break barriers, and learn from one another.The result? The first gender marker legislation change in Kyrgyzstan’s history, signed, without objections, by 13 various Ministries of the Kyrgyz Republic. The decree is now on the Prime Minister’s desk awaiting the final signature. >>>
A derelict hospital refurbished last year to serve as a battered women’s shelter with nearly $750,000 in aid from the US military in Kyrgyzstan has never been used for its intended purpose. The disconnect between the project’s mission and its outcomes, plus its exorbitant cost, is casting doubt on the judiciousness of the Pentagon’s aid spending in the beleaguered Central Asian country.