WELCOME TO ARASA
We are a regional partnership of over 90 partnerships working together to promote a human
rights based response to HIV and TB in Southern and East Africa.
Applications are open for the 2016 ARASA Annual Training of Trainers programme on HIV, TB and human rights advocacy. Deadline Friday 6 November.
Prioritising HIV and Human Rights in the post 2015 development agenda: As governments meet in New York for the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit to be hosted from 25 to 27 September 2015, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) cautions against abandoning commitments made in the Millennium Development Goals and calls for a continued prioritisation of HIV and human rights.
Call for applications for online training course “Advocating on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, HIV and Human Rights”
This online training course will be conducted in English for a maximum of 30 participants, it will commence on 4 October 2015
The foreword, written by Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa states that: "For those whose sexual identity and orientation need respect and protection – that is, every single one of us – Africa today presents a paradox. On the one hand, more states seem to be embracing democracy. Since 1990, most sub-Saharan states have legalised opposition parties and held multiparty elections. This didn’t come smoothly, or from bloodless transitions. But the basic principles of opposition and democracy got a toe-hold, perhaps more. On the other – horror; too much horror. Violence, persecution, imprisonment, ignorant, hatefilled rhetoric against sexual minorities. The reactionary position of some African leaders towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons is a blight on a continent groping towards, grappling with, its own future.
In this second edition of 2015, we give you a brief update on one of the most important dates on the ARASA calendar, the Annual Partnership Forum (APF), which was hosted in April 2015. We also introduce you to this year’s ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights Award winner.