Awareness raising in the Rural areas of Rwanda has been seen as an essential tool in combating the multiple discriminatory tendencies aimed against women with HIV/AIDS. The various misconceptions that exist amongst the public lead to the stigmatization and discrimination that are widespread in Rural Areas.
It is for this reason that Human Rights First Rwanda Association embarked on awareness drives targeting the rural area of Kamonyi District where local community members alongside their leaders were trained on non-discriminatory practices like inclusivity.
Positive results were yielded from the awareness drives like creating space for economic activities tailored for women with HIV/AIDS.
With the support of the local leaders and the community at large it can be said that policies and practices that are sensitive towards Women with HIV/AIDS in Kamonyi District will be streamlined and put into practice.
Human Rights First Rwanda Association carries out monthly outreach programs in the different sectors of Kamonyi district in a bid to educate and raise awareness in the whole society on the plight of the HIV/AIDS and on the rights of people with this disease.
Raising awareness and educating the masses helps change the negative mindset otherwise associated with the disaese and the people affected with it especially the women,
This monthly outreach programs are carried out by the staff of our organisation and the 3rd year law students of our partner university, the Kigali Lay Adventists University who benefit from the programs by getting exposed to the community issues and understanding better through putting in practice what they learn in school and helping the people in the community.
These outreach programs have gone along way in not only making people realise the HIV/AIDS is a disease lika any other and not a curse but also helped paved a way for the women living with this disease to live more freely in the society becuas they are now more confident to live among other without fear of discrimination.
Human Rights First Rwanda Association embarked on meeting peer Civil Society Organizations in a bid to find out common challenges that are faced in advocating for the Rights of women living with HIV/AIDS
It was realized that most of the challenges faced by this marginalized group have are common ranging from Lack of access to life prolonging drugs, Discrimination at work and home and abject poverty which is a catalyst for all these problems.
A joint effort by C.S.O.'s in Advocating for the respect o these basic rights was called upon these actors where by Ministry of Health and labour institutions are to be sensitized on how to uphold the livelihoods of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda.
Human Rights First Rwanda Association took to the local community in Kamonyi District with the aim of creating a sustainable network for the empowerment of women living with HIV/AIDS.
This network which would be an avenue for best practice sharing and bringing together collective ideas with the aim of bettering the lives of the vulnerable women.
Positive outcomes that were noted from the network creation activity are strategies on economic emancipation as well as advocacy at grass root level both from the community members as well as the local government circles alike all with the aim of bettering the lives of women living with HIV/AIDS.
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