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 17, 2017

National Conference on LGBTI Rights in Rwanda

Bishop Tolton  preaching Love at the conference
Bishop Tolton preaching Love at the conference

The LGBTI Movement in Rwanda has made significant strides in the past decade. Rwnda is one of the few countries in the continent where Sexual Minority activities are not criminal. Since the deletion of the incriminating article on the LGBTI community in 2009 the community has grwn exponentially and activism for LGBTI rights has taken a new twist with the involvement of multiple stakeholders.

In this tone Human Rights First Rwanda Association and other likeminded organizations organized the first National LGBTI conference where Religeos leaders Media Business leaders and human rights defenders  etc were invited.

This was a breakthrough event for the LGBTI community in Rwanda where signifcant resolutions were made and commitment from all stakeholders in empowering and supporting the LGBTI movement in Rwanda. 

One highlight of the event wa the intrvention from the religeous leaders who welcomed the LGBTI community into their churches and congregations for them to achieve spiritual nourishment. 

Jan 9, 2017

Sensitization Drives on Counseling Test

Sensitization Drive
Sensitization Drive

The last quarter of 2017 involved the sensitizing of the local populace in the Southern Province of Rwanda. Several of discriminatory tendencies on women affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. And these include the access of life-prolonging drugs in health centers

Women who have had several tides of challenges especially in the rural setting suffer stigmatization when it is discovered that they contract the disease. From being negated to house chores and odd daily jobs most are unaware of the rights especially on matters revolving around access to voluntary counseling and testing in a bid to reduce the prevalence of the scourge amongst the local populace.

Transmission of mother to child during child birth is one other issue communicated during the sensitization drives. To women in the southern province of Rwanda.

One positive outcome was also the participation of men from the community who pledged their support in raising the awareness of the women on the eradication of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Sensitization Drives in Ruhango
Sensitization Drives in Ruhango
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.

 
   

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