Rivne Regional Initiative – Rivne, Ukraine

Rivne Regional Initiative is a youth-led organization aims to defend the human rights of women who use drugs and are affected by HIV through documenting human rights abuses and conducting advocacy efforts.

The organization also provides a counseling site for female injecting drug users and young women living with HIV, with individual counseling sessions provided by a psychologist, social worker, nurse; mutual aid groups for young women; training sessions on harm reduction, self-defense and resistance to domestic violence, adherence to substitution therapy and antiretroviral therapy, as well as humanitarian aid for women in crisis situations.

Finally, Rivne Regional Initiative has also developed leadership among young women in their network to participate in advocacy activities and to take decision-making spaces that ensures representativeness of young women who use drugs in policy-making.