Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) is a National NGO working on improving sexual health and rights of sexual minority populations in Bangladesh since 1996. BSWS implements different programmes to improve the human rights situation, legal aspects, mental, sexual and reproductive lives, overall improvement and well being of the sexual minority population in Bangladesh.
As a continuation of that diversified activities, BSWS is now going to organize a two-day long Regional Consultation meeting on 18-19th August 2014 titled `Faith, Culture Diversity, Access to Health & HIV’ under the Multi Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme. This programme is a regional programme in South Asia which supports the development and strengthening of community-based organizations to address the impact of HIV among MSM and transgender populations in the region.
This consultation will be held in BCDM, Rajendrapur, Gazipur. A total number of 33 foreign delegates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be participated in the consultation meeting. Religious leaders both from National and from this region will be participated in this two day long consultation meeting.
This Regional Consultation will bring together faith-based MSM as well as religious leaders. Through this consultation a strategic plan will be developed to address stigma, discrimination and social exclusion within the context of faith and faith-based organizations in the present prevalence of HIV in this region.