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.
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.
Sexual minority groups across the world go through the same challenges.
Stigma and discrimination non acceptance in the mainstream societies and churches are some of the most grievous hindrance to normal livelihood. Human Rights First Rwanda Association went ahead forge links with Local Network of NGO's and Churches Media andInternational actors from International Global Christa groups which to advocate for acceptance and tolerance of sexual minority rights.
Human Rights First Rwanda Association was positioned in the task force that aims to support sexual minority organizations to be legally registered in Rwanda with the use of existing frameworks and Networks to uphold sexual minority rights.
It was realized that during the meeting that we would voluntarily advocate for the registration of NGO s and the acquisition of legal status.
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