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 .
Jan 6, 2015

LGBTI Rights Outreach Activities

Strategic Networking in Promoting LGBTI Rights
Strategic Networking in Promoting LGBTI Rights

In the true spirit of citizenry participation Human Rights First Rwanda Association endeavoured to engage the general public on Sexual Minority Rights in Rwanda and the Great Lakes at Large.

Members from all walks of life underwent both formal and informal sessions of interaction where opinions were shared on how to effectively promote LGBTI right in our region.Some key elements that came to light were the need to focus on the basics orous which elude the common man in regard to LGBTI inclusivity.Awareness schemes which are already in place which include brochures and manuals can only be complimented by vigorous outreach activities aimed at promoting LGBTI Rights.

Amongst the  people we interacted with included Development Partners,Fellow Civil Society Organizations and Right Defenders, LGBTI community in Rwanda and the gret lakes and the general public at large.All who have a stake in eradicating the stigma that still exists within the society.

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.

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