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Advocacy

ARASA undertakes various advocacy campaigns with the following main objectives:

  • To promote and the rights to bodily autonomy and integrity, particularly to promote social justice, Universal Health Coverage, and the achievement of the SDGs (with a focus on Goals 3, 6 and 10) by ensuring accountability to regional and international health and human rights instruments
  • To transform culture and discourse, seeking to influence culture and discourse on bodily autonomy and integrity, recognising that cultural and religious influencers such as media, artists and community leaders can help shape cultural and religious norms that influence how the rights of bodily autonomy and integrity are valued and upheld
  • To remove structural barriers, such as such as national, regional and international policies and laws on gender, SRH, sexual orientation and gender identity – that prevent accelerated progress on rights-based responses to HIV, TB and SRH, in particular for people living with HIV, key populations and other vulnerable communities.
  • To protect civil society space, by focusing on protecting the rights of civil society advocates to expression, association and engagement – to ensure their full and critical role in rights-based action on HIV, TB and SRH that responds to the real needs of communities.
  • To sustain and increase health financing, by focusing on holding national governments regional institutions and international donors to account for their funding commitments for 5 HIV, TB and SRH, and ensuring sustained and increased investment – especially in structural interventions and programmes for key populations and other vulnerable communities – in order to achieve the SDGs.

How we advocate:

Besides efforts in strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations, ARASA engages in:

  • Frequent training of stakeholders, policy-makers and leaders such as Parliamentarians who have the power to influence sexual and reproductive health rights
  • Lobbying of national leaders, in particular governments and ministries of health across Africa for policy change in the areas of bodily autonomy and integrity, and sexual and reproductive health rights, in particularly for marginalized populations such as the LGBTQI and key populations
  • Research, either conducted by ARASA staff or partners and disseminated widely to increase awareness and knowledge about BAI and SRHR in Africa