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“I remember when I was little, there was one very stigmatising ad on Macedonian TV about how to protect yourself from HIV,” recalls philosophy student Bojan. “It was really scary. It was like: ‘Do you know that in every discotheque ...
Young people in Macedonia are some of the worst affected by HIV. Around 0.1 per cent of people aged 15-24 are HIV positive, 14 times more than the general population. A lack of sexuality education, media silence around HIV, taboos ...
Tucked away behind a line of trees in the grounds of Skopje’s University Hospital, lies a modest concrete building. This is the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, where people newly diagnosed with HIV come to access treatment and support. Deep in ...
In an increasingly uncertain funding landscape, Macedonia’s sexual and reproductive health and rights NGOs work tirelessly to plug the gap left by the chasm in the country’s public healthcare system. Whether marginalised because of sexuality, gender identity, occupation or ethnicity, ...
Being young and gay in Macedonia is to live in fear of your safety. Like many Balkan countries, Macedonia is notoriously patriarchal and conservative, and homophobia is systemic. “In the Balkans we’re still under this patriarchal [system],” says Laki, a ...
Two years ago, when he was just 21 years old, Bojan’s life changed forever. His long-term partner revealed that he had been diagnosed with HIV. Bojan was stunned. “I [thought] that this only happened in Africa,” he says. At school, ...
In the last year, increased political attacks on the safety and dignity of women, within the EU and beyond, have made human rights a hot topic in the European public sphere, writes IPPF EN's Regional Director Caroline Hickson. It has ...
By Gina Wharton, Advocacy Advisor at IPPF European Network Civil Society Organisations must be seen as integral partners in decision-making processes was the resounding message at the Third Africa-EU Civil Society Organisation Forum, in Tunis, Tunisia (11-13 July 2017). I ...
By Fiona Coyle, Global and Sustainable Development Lead at the IPPF European Network Regional Office. On 11 July, over 700 people from around the world (leaders, Minister, advocates, policymakers, youth activists, and researchers) descended upon London for the 2nd Family ...
Natika Halil is Executive Director of FPA, the UK sexual health charity, IPPF EN Member Association On 30 June 2017 we saw a landmark decision for women’s rights, with the British government finally agreeing to rectify a historic injustice and ...