On July 25 and July 26 training on the topic of Prevention of Stigma and Discrimination took place in Yerevan.
The training was held by New Generation Humanitarian NGO based on the Training Module on work with Public Officials on Human Rights and Combating Stigma and Discrimination against gay men, other MSM and trans people prepared and published within the regional program “Right to Health”, implemented by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The goal of the training is to raise awareness of public officials on Prevention of Stigma and Discrimination against one of the most marginalized groups of the society – gay men, other MSM and trans people and seek ways of cooperation aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination against these people.
On July 25 training on Prevention of Stigma and Discrimination was held for the representatives of state institutions of Armenia. The legal expert of the training Hasmik Harutyunyan presented the concept and definition of stigma and discrimination, the transition from stereotypes into discrimination, forms and grounds of discrimination, human rights and best international anti-discrimination practices, Comprehensive approach to addressing discrimination, Anti-discrimination measures, State obligations in the fight against stigma and discrimination.
On July 26 the topic of Stigma and Discrimination was presented to the representatives of medical institutions in Armenia. Trainer Anahit Mkrtchyan introduced to the participants the concept and definitions of stigma and discrimination, transition from stereotypes to discrimination, forms and grounds of discrimination, professional ethics and tolerance: quality services for gay men, MSM and trans people, politically correct terminology and tolerance in health care, in particular in HIV services, basic set of a tolerant health professional.
The theoretical part of the training-workshops were accompanied with interactive exercises, videos and lively discussions.