Human Rights First Rwanda Association

(a) To promote human rights education and provide legal assistance to poor and vulnerable groups in the Rwandan community at Large. (b) To empower individuals and groups to campaign for their own rights and the human rights of others peacefully .
Nov 18, 2014

Engaging Local Leaders in inclusive governance

Consultations to vulnerable women of Kamonyi
Consultations to vulnerable women of Kamonyi

It has been recognized as a major challenge when leaders and community heads are not aware of Gender mainstreaming.The situation is even worse for women living with H.I.V. who do not have an adequate voice especially amongst governance structures.

We sought to be the bridge between  the voiceess women and administrative circles by engaging the local leaders of Kamonyi District (Southern Province Rwanda) showing them the need to adequately represent and the plight and concerns of these women who still have alot to offer to the society,as is seen from the economic ventures of basket weaving.

In at the same time H.R.F.R.A. staff undertook drives geared towards enlightening the women on the proper channels to adress their concerns.Another move meant to bridge that lacuna that received positive aclaim from both local leaders and the community at large.

Oct 7, 2014

PRINTING AND DISSEMINATING BROCHURES ON SEXUAL MINORITY RIGHTS

One major challenge that advocacy on Sexual Minority Rights has always had is the lack of awareness of Sexual Minority Rights amongst the general public, the aftereffect of which is the stigma and discrimination being faced by LGBTI’s in Rwanda.

As a mitigating factor to this challenge that has stood out for some time Human Rights First Rwanda Association undertook to design and prepare LGBTI brochures that would be disseminated to multiple stakeholders who include Human Rights Defenders, Legislators, Lawyers, Church Community folk as well as the Sexual Minority groups themselves.

These brochures which are designed in user friendly wording and imagery elaborate the need to respect Sexual Minority Rights from all members of the public from all fields of life and the respective roles they may all play in advocating and lobbying for LGBTI rights and freedoms.

The reception of these materials by the public was nothing short of astounding as the populace seem to be more enlightened on sexual minority rights and the wonderful  momentum created through the education as an advocacy tool.

We continue to appreciate the kindness of our donors and contributors and invite them to play a participatory role in ensuring that we kick away the societal stigma that exists for LGBTI’s in Rwanda and the great lakes region at large, by offering suggestions and ideas on how to create an impact through this project that would be felt for generations to come having the ultimate result of having sexual minority rights upheld in totality.

Aug 20, 2014

Gender Rights and Financial Management

A beneficiary proudly displaying a basket she made
A beneficiary proudly displaying a basket she made

In line with the Project Empowering 500 Women Living wth HIV& AIDS Human Rights First Rwanda Association conducted a 2 day Capacity training on Rights awareness as well as Financial Management Skills.

The main intent of this venture was to build onto the capacities of the women on their roles in as advocates of equality more so from the exemplary roles they play in the community as exemplary entrepreneurs who defy many odds in economically pacifying themselves.

 It also had the objective of ensuring that the revenues accrued from the respective ventures they partake in are properly and effectively managed in the various cooperatives set up from the commencement of the initiative.

Amongst the lessons imparted from the module were means of combating direct and indirect forms of discrimination and victimization due to medical condition as well as the proper and effective advocacy methods to be employed in their quest for equality.

Financial reporting and accountability organizational and developmental skills were also imparted under the financial Management module which came in handy for economic development of the women.

Response to the training was nothing short of astounding as the women were appreciative of the life building skills through the training facilitated by Human Rights First Rwanda Association. Gratitude was also conveyed to Global Giving for the platform established that publicizes the women’s works.

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