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The session will focus on the current struggles and challenges of key and vulnerable populations in advancing human rights and legal reform agendas. Issues to be discussed include efforts to improve the legal and human rights environment and frameworks for better and equal access to HIV prevention and treatment. The session will cover: efforts to decriminalize and depenalize sex workers and people who use drugs; best practices of legal reform activism on the national and international levels; new challenges and new achievements in advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people, and men who have sex with men; challenges and opportunities for transgender people in the HIV response; rights of people in prisons and other closed settings; and improving the participation of young people in activism and advocacy work. The session will also discuss the new strategies that activist groups are applying in regions with shrinking spaces for civil society activism, such as the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.

16:30
High Level Address
Lisa Maria Singh, Parliament of Australia , Australia
16:35
Introduction
Judy Chang, International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), United Kingdom
Monica Beg, United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Austria
16:38
Addressing the challenge of human rights violations among sexual minorities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Vitaly Djuma, The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health, (ECOM), Estonia
16:50
Making prison reforms work holistically to effectively and appropriately address HIV
Lynette Mabote, ARASA, Namibia
17:02
Fighting for human rights and health of people who use drugs in the countries with shrinking space for civil society: The case of Russia
Alexey Kurmanaevskii, Russian Forum of People who Use Drugs, Russian Federation
17:14
Sex work as work: Challenging policy and labour frameworks in advancing HIV and human rights
17:26
Expanding trans participation in HIV activism
Erika Castellanos, GNP+, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), Belize
17:38
Q&A
18:03
Conclusion