08.05.2013 -

Enhancing Leadership and Capacity Development of the MSM and TG Community Networks

@UNESCO – Enhancing leadership and capacity development for MSM and TGs

With financial and technical supports from National AIDS Authority, UNESCO, UNDP, UNAIDS, FHI360 and KHANA, Bandanh Chaktomuk (BC) successfully organized a 3-day workshop in Phnom Penh focusing on enhancing the leadership and capacity development of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) Community Networks.

The event brought together 36 MSM and TG participants who are the elected members of the BC executive committee and representatives of the network in more than 10 provinces.   The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Deepen the understanding and knowledge among Executive Committee Members about:
    • International, regional and national commitments and policy framework
    • Facing challenges and addressing needs of MSM  and TGs- Human Rights and Legal, Health Services, Social Services, Stigma and Discriminations;
    • Evidence-based issues and challenges confronting MSM and transgender in accessing appropriate preventive, care, treatment and social support services and livelihood improvement opportunities;
    • Overall progress from the previous mandates, two years action plan, other network key priorities for 2013 and beyond.
  • Increase understanding of the qualities of good leaders
  • Present an opportunity and facilitate emerging leaders who are BC Executive Committee Members and Provincial MSM and TG Representatives to develop their personal confidence, communications and advocacy skills Enhance communications and partnership among new Executive Members, Provincial Representatives and Advisory Members and key partners of BC Network.

In order to achieve the objectives, various thematic topics were covered and facilitated by the resource persons from the government (National AIDS Authority and National Centre for HIV/AIDS Dermatology and STDs), UNESCO, UNDP, UNAIDS, KHANA and FHI 360 which included:

  • Political declarations and national commitments  on human rights protection and supporting cn supportign vised to plan this session ommunity organizations
  • Enabling environment initiative for People from Key Populations affected by HIV
  • Targeted HIV services to MSM/TG  and mechanism at national and sub-national level for Key Population in particularly Young MSM and Young TGs
  • Getting to ZERO- 2011- 2015 UNAIDS Strategy- What does Getting to Zero mean for Community Network?
  • Role of the Community Network in achieving HIV response using core competencies 
  • What are the Qualities of good leaders of a community network and Leadership skills
  • Leadership strengths consultation (Personal Strengths as leadership attributes, Identifying personal strengths and goals)
  • Participatory Approaches and Planning
  • Vision for the preferred future- Where do we want to get in 2014? How do you get there? Selecting strategies, resources, actions  to achieve the objectives

The workshop employed participatory methods: lectures, plenary discussions, group works and presentations. Most of the comments and recommendations raised during the group discussions and plenary session clearly presented the critical challenges faced by the communities in their everyday lives and greatly emphasized the importance of the active role to be played at the national and provincial levels in advocating for the rights of community members and empowering and mobilizing community members, to promote, respect and protect the rights of community members.

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