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Blue Veins is committed to build, strengthen and galvanize women & transgender people's collective power for a just and sustainable world – for all.

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From Margin to Mainstream; Fighting Stigma and Discrimination.

HIV-related stigma and discrimination, prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at transgender population with HIV and AIDS is prevalent and multi layered which they have to face, even within their own community they are rejected and shunned by the guru and fellow transgender if they are diagnosed with HIV/AIDs or any such medical condition therefore they choose not for screening because of the fear of social rejection. This fear of social exclusion affects their self-perception and sense of worth. It often contributes to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, self-harm and suicide. This isolation social exclusion affects access to treatment. Transgender people can be afraid to get tested if they don’t have a strong support network to help them cope. Social exclusion, economic vulnerability and a lack of employment opportunities means that sex work is often the most viable form of income available to transgender people. Stigma, discriminatory laws, marginalization fear and social exclusion put transgender people at an increased risk of HIV.

Transgender people have very diverse HIV prevention needs. Targeted prevention approaches that respond to the specific needs of individuals are essential to reducing HIV infections. In addition, prevention initiatives that empower transgender people and enable them to take the lead in meeting the needs of their own community is the answer of to their needs which can reduce their vulnerability. KP is conflict and disaster affected province where Transgender community lives in fear and isolation and suffer from self-stigma. This internalized stigma is very damaging effect on the mental wellbeing of transgender persons living with HIV. This fear of discrimination, hate, isolation had broken down their confidence to seek help and medical care. Self-stigma and fear of a negative community reaction are basic reasons hindering efforts to address the HIV epidemic by continuing the wall of silence and shame surrounding the virus. At the same time, often healthcare is not accessible and confidential, it contains judgement about a person’s HIV status, behavior, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Discrimination from healthcare providers, a lack of knowledge about transgender needs and the refusal of many national health systems or health insurance providers to cover their care all contribute to situations where it is difficult for transgender people to receive adequate treatment. This can also encourage discrimination within healthcare services, making it hard to access sexual health services.

Along with removing barriers to the services which is key to end the barriers in access of quality health care and services for transgender there is dire need to educate transgender population on the HIV and break the myths around HIV within the transgender community and community at large. Transgender people living with HIV needs to be empowered in order to take action for all their rights and access to health care services which are violated by state and non-state actors.


Men’s Initiative (Men Working with Men to Help Women).

Men can play vital roles in helping to reduce and prevent men’s violence against women. Indeed, some men, both individually and in groups and often in partnership with women, are already making a difference. Preventing men’s violence against women will require sustained and systematic efforts in families and relationships, communities, and in society at large. It is time for men to join with women in building a world of non-violence and gender justice. Male violence is used to produce and reproduce the subordination of women, and patriarchal norms and practices create the conditions that condone and even encourage men's violence against women. There is a growing awareness that men, in partnership with women, can play a significant role in ending violence against women. The reason is that educating women about her rights make more vulnerable and VAW put her more if men are excluded in the process of education as men can have an important influence on reducing violence by changing their own attitudes and behavior and by intervening to prevent other men's violence. Keeping this in view Blue Veins has taken an initiative "Men working with men to help women. Under this strategic thrusts Blue Veins is establishing Men’s support groups, Sensitizing, Imams (Prayer leaders) and working with young boys for attitudinal change through several activities.