Please joing the Columbia Harriman Association of Students (CHAS), the Human Rights Working Group, and Gays and Lesbians in International and Public Affairs (GLIPA) for a talk with Anna Kirey.
Anna has been involved with women’s and human rights organizations in Kyrgyzstan since 2000. She is a co-founder and past executive director of Labrys, an LGBT organization and currently serves as its senior advisor. Under Anna’s leadership, Labrys has become a strong grassroots organization working for the empowerment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and advocating for their rights at both the national and international level. In the past two years, Anna has participated in NGO delegations to the UN, lobbied for initiatives related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and presented reports about the situation of LGBT people in Central Asia. Anna has contributed to various research projects on violence against women, LGBT rights, and civil society in Central Asia. As a researcher with Kartini Network for Women’s/Gender Studies in Asia, she is currently collecting the oral histories of women loving women and transgender people in Central Asia. Anna received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in International and Comparative Politics in 2003 from American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In 2004, she graduated from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica with a Master’s in Gender and Peace Building. Anna is currently completing a Master’s thesis in the international social work program at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. This semester she is a participant in the Human Rights Advocate Program at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.