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 .
Oct 17, 2016

Creation of a Task force on LGBTI Rights

Task Force Committee Members
Task Force Committee Members

  

Sexual Minority Rights in Rwanda as in the rest of Africa undergoes several forms of threats and challenges. There is a lot of stigma that is attached to sexual minority groups and they are not included in the mainstream agenda.

It was perceived that a network of multiple organizations can form a coalition of stakeholders that would comprise a taskforce in charge of specific issues concerning sexual minority groups in Rwanda.

These include :-

Members of the press to work on media and publicity ,

Researchers to compile data on LGBTI Rights in Rwanda ,

Advocacy on Registration ,

Inclusion in Religious matters as well as Economic Empowerment.

Members of the task force committee will specifically look into these areas and place their advocacy skills to the fore as they come up with valid recommendations regarding such matters such that inclusion of LGBTI persons and Sexual minority groups is realized.

It s desired that the task force will create an environent where the LGBTI community in Rwanda is included in all spheres of life.

Oct 13, 2016

Outreach Activities to the Rural Community

In a bid to be in touch with the rural community in the Southern Province of Rwanda Human Rights First Rwanda Association took to the field by organizing for an awareness raising outreach activity.

In this outreach drive all the nine sectors of Kamonyi district were covered and the message on non-discrimination, testing, and treatment of women living with HIV/AIDS was on the agenda. The ultimate beneficiaries of the outreach programs were women living with HIV/AIDS in the rural community but a wider network of persons was engaged through this drive.

Local administrators, Mediation council members, Village health officers, women cooperatives all have a part to play in ensuring g the respect of the rights of women living with HIV/AIDS.

One of the recommendations reached included a more strengthened approach to the advocacy strategies for these marginalized persons , It was a positive move also that local leaders pledged their support towards the advocacy means laid out and vowed to take a tough stance towards discriminatory tendencies.

Woman participating during outreach drive
Woman participating during outreach drive
Jul 19, 2016

Stakeholders Networking for Combating HIV/AIDS

Networking Skills on fighting HIV/AIDS in Rwanda
Networking Skills on fighting HIV/AIDS in Rwanda

  

Human Rights First Rwanda Association has been very instrumental in networking for advocacy in women’s rights with special focus on women living with HIV.

There are multiple stakeholders in the empowerment of women living with HIV / AIDS

Some of these include the Media Civil Society Organizations Government institutions as well Legal Aid Providers.

In this Regard Human Rights First Rwanda Association joined forces with all stakeholders giving them an insight on the roles they can lay in empowering Women with HIV/AIDS.

We went ahead to build strategies on working with rural networks ad coalitions that advocate for the rights of women living with HIV /AIDS.

The challenges include access to life supporting medication as well as the acceptance and adherence of their status by the community who stigmatize them.

 
   

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