Welcoming new partners
Please join us in welcoming the following organizations from Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to the ARASA partnership:
Men for Health and Gender Justice Organisation exists to mobilise men and boys, men who have sex with men and gay men to advocate for their involvement in lobbying for Sexual Reproductive Health Rights as well as access to health care services by all humans towards achieving gender equality and health equity through a human rights approach. Their vision is a society where men take responsibility for promoting inclusiveness in health and equality for all. Their mission is to lead in advocating for the involvement of men in the promotion of health and gender equality for all. The organisation is committed to promoting inclusiveness and access to health services as well as promoting the rights of the MSM and the community of gay men in Botswana as they are marginalised and excluded from services and opportunities that can help them enjoy life fully. They are currently working towards advocating and lobbying for the inclusiveness of all humans in polices and laws in Botswana, towards achieving zero no infections.
Rainbow Identity Association
Rainbow Identity is an association of transgender and intersex persons (transgender women, trans-man as well as gender questioning and non-conforming people). They envision a democratic society that recognises, respects, protects and values the rights of transgender and intersex persons. They align themselves with ARASA because they believe that ARASA is an organisation that amplifies the voices of the voiceless such as transgender and intersex.
Their main activities include advocacy, sports and recreation, provision of legal aid and a focus on health and psycho-social support.
The Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network (KELIN) works to protect and promote HIV-related human rights in Kenya by providing legal services and support, training professionals on human rights, engaging in advocacy campaigns that promote the awareness of human rights issues, conducting research and influencing policy that promote evidence-based change. KELIN’s mission is to promote and protect HIV related human rights while its vision is the full enjoyment of HIV related human rights for all. Their main activities include training of advocates, judicial officers, health care workers, community health workers, teachers and other key stakeholders as well as establishment and support to communities in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. They also develop training manuals on health and HIV related rights and provide technical assistance, comments and/or advisory opinions on existing draft laws, policies and practices and conduct advocacy campaigns.
Youth First is comprised of young people aged between 15-24 years old and has more than 4 years experience in youth development. During the past two years, they have engaged in global youth leadership activities and represented Malagasy youth (and French speaking youth) at various regional and international fora. Their activities centre on 1) advocacy for youth rights (including but not limited to SRHR) and youth meaningful participation; 2) community and participatory research on realities faced by youth; 3) capacity building of youth activists and youth led organisations on topic and issues affecting youth well being; and 4) awareness raising among young people on wide range of topic related to youth including but not limited to SRHR, gender equality and education.
You can contact Youth First at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth and Children Rights Shield (YOCRIS) works to contribute towards protection and promotion of human rights for children and youth by building the capacity of young people, preparing and empowering them to face the socio-economic and political challenges so that they can take up responsible roles in society to contribute towards social political and economic development and attainment of social justice and peace. Their vision is “A Malawian society in which justice and peace prevails through the transformation of unjust structures and systems, on basis of constitutional and other international legal instruments provisions.” Their mission is “to contribute towards the transformation of Malawi Society for the attainment of equal rights, justice and peace.” They implement activities under the following four programmes: Human Rights; Primary Education Support Initiative; Youth Participation and HIV/AIDS; and Gender.
Transgender and Intersex Africa was initiated by black transgender individuals to focus on transgender and intersex issues in South Africa, especially in black townships and rural areas. They aim to highlight and bring awareness of transgender and intersex issues in the community and among cultural and religious groups. They advocate and lobby for appropriate healthcare for transgender and intersex individuals, especially in the public health sector and aim to empower black transgender and intersex individuals to voice their challenges and opinions. They create safe spaces for transgender and intersex individuals to share knowledge and experiences through monthly support groups in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Mpumalanga. They also have outreach activities in six provinces and conduct needs analyses to assess what their constituents need from them.
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The Network of Young People living with HIV and AIDS (NYP+) was established in June, 2003 with the objective of promoting the wellbeing of young people living with HIV/AIDS and as an instrument for fighting against new HIV infections among young people. The organization targets youths aged 15 to 35 years. They visualise a society where every young person is free from new HIV infections and the wellbeing of those living with HIV/AIDS is well guaranteed. They are dedicated to freeing the society from new HIV infections and improving the lives of those infected through capacity building, networking, lobbying and advocacy programmes. The organisation engages in advocacy as well as capacity building and have been implementing a project on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights for the Young People aged 10 to 24.
You can contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanzania Sisi Kwa Sisi Foundation (TSSF) is a network of LGBTI, sex workers and LGBTI and sex workers living with HIV. Since its inception in 2008 it has been working towards supporting its membership to be more visible and claim social, economic and health rights, through different techniques. They target all young Tanzanian men who have sex with men/ gay men, women who have sex with women/ lesbian women, bisexual, transgender, intersex, sex workers and LGBTI living with HIV, amongst others. They have implemented activities to capacitate LGBTI living with HIV and AIDS on human rights and access to health services as well as how to come out / disclose to family members. In addition, they implement a community outreach education programme, distribute Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials and protective gears (condom and lubricants).
Community Participation Development Association Tanzania (COPADEA-TZ) has a vision is to promote healthy and productive communities living in harmony and good governance. They are committed to empowering communities by working with them to create an environment of safety, equity and socio- economic development. They also focus on facilitating development by promoting awareness and advocating change. Their objectives include promoting and protecting human rights and good governance; creating public understanding of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other relevant development issues; empowering communities to be able to engage with and facilitate local level changes in the areas of HIV/AIDS and community health and promoting access to social services including health and education by marginalised groups. Their main activities are implemented under the themes of HIV/AIDS and malaria, Capacity Building, Wealth Creation, Natural Resource Management as well as Advocacy and Lobbying.
For more information, please contact: email@example.com
Engender Rights Centre for Justice (ERCJ) has been supporting the beginnings of a national “movement” of sex workers launched by participants at a monthly meeting in 2009 for over three years. They support quarterly meetings of a national leadership core, as well as monthly local meetings of persons involved in this “movement”. They have been able to reach sex workers and employers in the industry through outreach work that is non-intrusive and non-judgemental. They are also engaged in more in-depth work around safer sex through workshops with sex workers collectively in brothels, as well as with groups of sex workers that have organised outdoors. They provide condoms and educational materials, and use every opportunity available to engage in conversation regarding health and safety issues. Their focus is on working with sex workers collectively and using these spaces to promote thinking and acting on issues. Their direct work with sex workers and others in the sex work industry in Lusaka informs their strategic direction in an ongoing way concerning health and safety issues, as well as their work around law reform. Their activities centre on advocacy and lobbying as well as research to develop a credible information base that will assist them in the direction of their work, as well as enabling them to act in the interests of sex workers.
You can contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Generation Alive (GAL) is a feminist organisation committed to building the collective voice, power and influence of young women. They are working to ensure that young women enjoy their sexual reproductive health rights and actively participate in leadership and decision making where they can influence policies and laws that affect young women’s lives by 1) cultivating young women’s leadership skills and strengthening their participation in developmental processes such as policy formulation, analysis, and decision making; 2) mentoring young women through intra- and inter-generational dialogue, sharing of information, skills, strategies and experiences and advocating for young women’s rights; and 3) creating and providing safe spaces for young women within which they can freely and openly discuss issues affecting them, share experiences and create links for collective action in improving the lives of all women. GAL envisions a society in which all women enjoy their human rights and actively participate in social change to address issues affecting them. GAL also challenges the norms, rules and expectations created by societies that limit young women’s choices, including choices about their sexual reproductive health, gender identity, and sexualities. GAL aims to empower young women to ‘cross the line’ as a way of challenging the systemic powers that oppresses women and by creating more equitable alternatives. GAL is working in the following provinces of Zambia: Lusaka Province, Copper belt, Central Province, Eastern Province, Southern Province.
Copperbelt Health Education Program (CHEP)
Established in 1988 as a community health service wing of the Kitwe Rotary Club, CHEP was one of the very first Zambian indigenous organizations that pioneered innovative prevention, care and support activities such as drama, person-to-person communication, radio programmes, workplace programmes, home-based care and production and distribution of IEC materials. They aim to enhance capacities and competencies of local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and stakeholders through technical support, research and appropriate knowledge management. Their activities include efforts to strengthen community responses to TB and HIV through community sensitisation, drama, production and airing of a radio programme on TB/HIV and health rights. In addition, they work to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children and champion gender equality and equity through coordinated institutional and capacity development support to members, advocacy and linkages with local and international partners.
Zimbabwe Association for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Offender (ZACRO) targets all inmates in Zimbabwe in their various sub-groups (remand and convicted inmates – both male and female) as well as ex-offenders in Zimbabwe. Their main activities include a Prison Inmates Rehabilitation Programme; a Prisoner’s Rights Programme; a Health and Welfare Programme and a Lobbying and Advocacy Programme. Their vision is a crime-free society where everyone enjoys his or her rights. Their mission is to prevent crime and promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into mainstream society in Zimbabwe. Their objectives include advocating for justice, respect and protection of prisoners’ rights in Zimbabwe; mobilising communities to prevent and fight crime in the country; and facilitating and promoting rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders and ex-offenders into mainstream society. In addition, they work to research, study and seek penal reforms based on rehabilitative legislation and provide humanitarian assistance and amenities to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe National Network of People living with HIV (ZNNP+): ZNNP+ seeks to improve the quality of life for PLHIV through resource mobilization and capacity building of the infected and affected. Their goal is to assist in ensuring that the infected and affectedhave access to holistic care and support, prevention and treatment services in a transparent and accountable manner and to ensure that the infected and affected participate in decisions that affect them at all levels.
ZNNP+ endeavours to ensure that the quality of the lives of PLHIV is improved through the improvement of access to healthcare services. ZNNP+ is also committed to strengthening the abilities and capacities of PLHIV so they can fully enjoy their economic, social, cultural and religious rights.
One of ZNNP+’s main activities is lobbying and advocacy, through the promotion of MIPA; rights education; policy and laws affecting and promoting the fulfilment of satisfying lives of PLHIV in Zimbabwe. They also focus on capacity building and strengthening on treatment literacy, rights and strengthening of support groups. They are guided by human rights-based approaches in the implementation of their activities.
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe: GALZ is a membership-based association, whose mission is to promote, represent and protect the rights and interests of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people through advocacy and lobbying; empowerment and education; research and provision of safe spaces in order to influence positive attitudes of the broader society. They envision a just society that promotes and protects human rights of LGBT people as equal citizens in Zimbabwe.
GALZ is motivated to join the ARASA partnership mainly because it strives to foster a shared commitment to collective activism for the attainment and enjoyment of LGBTI rights. The main ethos of GALZ is to strategise better in the face of an untenable macro environment.
Rights Not Rescue Trust (RNRT)
RNRT is a sex-worker led organisation, advocating for universal health care services and legal protection for sex workers in Namibia. The organisation offers peer education, courage, empathy, diversity and equality. They also work to ensure workplace safety for sex workers and aim to portray sex work in a positive way, which enables and affirms their occupational and human rights.
The vision of RNRT is to eliminate HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the sex work industry and promote a strong, healthy, resilient and empowered sex industry workforce in Namibia. They also aim to eliminate discriminatory experiences by those involved in the sex industry and promote a society that respects the link between health and social justice.
RNRT can be contacted at email@example.com
Welcome to the ARASA family! We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.