Legal and Human Rights Empowerment workshops for sexual minorities
By Mbabazi Busigye | Project leader
Contact with the criminal justice system imposes a range of risks to individuals that are perceived to be, or who identify as sexual minorities who include Lesibians Gay Bisexual, Transgender Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ). This is irrespective of whether they are brought into contact with the law as victims, witnesses, or individuals accused or proven as having committed a crime.
Human Rights First Rwanda Association conducted a study that unearthed that LGBTIQ persons during this COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns are at increased risk of physical and sexual violence, and that in most cases sexual orientation and gender identity is a key factor in the perpetration of the abuse. Despite such high rates of victimization, violence against LGBTIQ individuals is often severely not reported.
It is against this background that Human Rights First Rwanda Association organized a series of legal and Human Rights empowerment workshops with the LGBTIQ community to empower them on law and their Human rights and how to document and report cases of violence.
With your support we will continue to empower and make advocacy on behalf of the LGBTI community in Rwanda and the Great lakes region.
Advocacy on LGBTIQ Rights to Association within the Great Lakes Region
By Nzovu Job Ruzage | Project leader
For the last three Months Human Rights First Rwanda Association and its partners have tried to mobilize and work with like-minded organization around the region to fight and protect the rights of sexual minorities during this COVID-19 pandemic with , Increased hate speech , discrimination ,violence , stigmatization, violation of sexual minorities rights which has been ongoing.
HRFRA organized a regional workshop on the freedom of Association and right to peaceful assembly, which was held on 26thand27thAugust2021 in Kigali Rwanda and was attended by prominent LGBITIQ activists from central and East Arica African countries. Countries represented included The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Burundi, The Republic of Tanzania, and Rwanda. During this workshop, the members present discussed issues highlighting challenges faced by sexual minorities(LGBTIQ+) in accessing their right to freedom of association and the right to peaceful assembly.
Deliberations also revolved around concerns within the formal registration of LGBTIQ+ organizations in their respective countries and in the region at large. This workshop also provided an opportunity for ongoing activism.
With your continued support we will continue our Advocacy and activism work in the protection of sexual minorities in the Great lakes Region.
Educating the General Populace on Sexual Minorities
By Mbaabazi Busingye | Project leader
Educating the general population about sexual minorities in society and their specific economic and health needs is very important as a vulnerable group.
There still remain vital questions surrounding exactly what education needs to be provided, who is responsible or best positioned to provide such education, and how knowledge should be disseminated.
It is against this background that Human Rights First Rwanda Association organized three roundtable meeting with 20 representative of sexual minorities ,10 health workers officials and 10 Main stream Civil society members to forge a way forward on how to educate the general populace more especially during this COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on issues pertaining to the needs of sexual minorities.
After the roundtable meetings it was resolved ultimately, Sexual Minorities groups with the help of some mainstream NGOS and other allies should have a central role in producing and disseminating knowledge to ensure that educational interventions contain accurate content and are delivered and they should also play their own role of being self-advocates and those of their peers either through radio broadcasts, print media, Meetings and administrative representations.
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