Tais Plus works towards a strong sex worker movement in Bishkek and surrounding towns. With their activities, Tais Plus often reaches remote areas across Kyrgyzstan. National meetings, monthly thematic meetings and safety and security trainings involve more than sex workers from all 7 regions. Other activities include the implementation of mechanisms to monitor police violence against sex workers, advocating for residence registration and human rights based services for sex workers and strengthening networks between sex workers and human rights non-governmental organisations.
Kyrgyzstan: Women Are a Hidden Population of Drug Users
Profiles from Kyrgyzstan
The sex school breaking taboos in Kyrgyzstan
It starts out like any gymnastics class: A teacher guides a roomful of women through stretching and breathing exercises. The yoga, ballet and tai chi moves train pelvic muscles, the stomach and legs. They are used for vaginal weightlifting, a Chinese technique for strengthening muscles and increasing sensitivity in the genital area. The goal is something rarely discussed in Kyrgyzstan: better sex.
Her husband introduced her to drugs to distract her from her depression. Soon she felt she needed drugs every day in order not to feel cold and sick. Six months ago, Gulya started taking methadone to kick her year drug habit. The drug, administered clinically at a government-run health center, silences her cravings to inject heroin, making it possible for her to care for her two children. I drink it, and can attend to what I need to do.