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  • Organisation

    Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) is an independent non-partisan Non-Governmental Organisation that works towards the protection of the rights of marginalized communities in Uganda. It was founded in 2008 by a group of young lawyers and other professionals. HRAPF established the very first and still the only licensed and specialised legal aid clinic providing legal aid services to LGBT persons and sex workers in Uganda in 2010. In 2017, HRAPF established Regional Legal Aid Centres to effectively reach LGBTI persons beyond Kampala and Wakiso. The centre in Mbale serves the Eastern Region, the centre in Lira serves the Northern region and the centre in Mbarara serves the Western region. In 2019, HRAPF established legal aid desks for transgender and gender non-conforming persons and lesbian, bisexual and queer women at Tranz Network Uganda and Freedom and Roam Uganda respectively. The legal aid clinic at HRAPF’s headquarters in Kampala serves the entire country and provides oversight and support to the regional legal aid centres.

    • Organisation

      Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) is an independent non-partisan Non-Governmental Organisation that works towards the protection of the rights of marginalized communities in Uganda. It was founded in 2008 by a group of young lawyers and other professionals. HRAPF established the very first and still the only licensed and specialised legal aid clinic providing legal aid services to LGBT persons and sex workers in Uganda in 2010. In 2017, HRAPF established Regional Legal Aid Centres to effectively reach LGBTI persons beyond Kampala and Wakiso. The centre in Mbale serves the Eastern Region, the centre in Lira serves the Northern region and the centre in Mbarara serves the Western region. In 2019, HRAPF established legal aid desks for transgender and gender non-conforming persons and lesbian, bisexual and queer women at Tranz Network Uganda and Freedom and Roam Uganda respectively. The legal aid clinic at HRAPF’s headquarters in Kampala serves the entire country and provides oversight and support to the regional legal aid centres.

    • Project

      The Social Justice for Sexual Minorities project is an influencing project aimed at addressing the rampant violence that LGBT Communities and female sex workers face in Uganda, and increase their access to non-discriminatory services including health specifically focusing on Mbale District. It will amplify the voices of marginalised groups about the violence that they face as well as the barriers to access to services through empowering them as change agents to lead their own advocacy campaigns. The project will be implemented by a consortium of two organisations, with Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) taking the lead. Both LGBTI persons and sex workers are criminalised and subject to intense discrimination because of homophobia, prevailing religious and moral sentiments and cultural bias. Because of all these factors, sex workers and LGBTI persons face violations of human rights and limited access to social services, especially health services. This violence has further been exacerbatedby the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken root in Uganda since March 2020, as well as the election period that has been marred with violence. The unfavorable legal framework and social environment further blocks progressive policy formulation and implementation that responds to the needs of these two groups, leaving them vulnerable to violence. This systemic violence further disempowers sex workers and LGBTI persons as it undermines their esteem and relegates them to the margins of society in all affairs. Violence is also one of the structural amplifiers of new HIV incidents among the two groups as well as the high prevalence of HIV. In a policy gap analysis on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for LGBTI persons conducted in 2019, HRAPF found that although most policies are silent about the needs of LGBTI persons, they encourage provision of health services to all, which presents a window of opportunity to demand for provision of non-discriminatory health services for the two groups. HRAPF has alsoengaged duty bearers on decriminalisation of petty offences under which most sexual minorities are often targeted for mass arrests and extortion, and a task force was formed that is yet to start work with the new parliament.

  • Project

    The Social Justice for Sexual Minorities project is an influencing project aimed at addressing the rampant violence that LGBT Communities and female sex workers face in Uganda, and increase their access to non-discriminatory services including health specifically focusing on Mbale District. It will amplify the voices of marginalised groups about the violence that they face as well as the barriers to access to services through empowering them as change agents to lead their own advocacy campaigns. The project will be implemented by a consortium of two organisations, with Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) taking the lead. Both LGBTI persons and sex workers are criminalised and subject to intense discrimination because of homophobia, prevailing religious and moral sentiments and cultural bias. Because of all these factors, sex workers and LGBTI persons face violations of human rights and limited access to social services, especially health services. This violence has further been exacerbatedby the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken root in Uganda since March 2020, as well as the election period that has been marred with violence. The unfavorable legal framework and social environment further blocks progressive policy formulation and implementation that responds to the needs of these two groups, leaving them vulnerable to violence. This systemic violence further disempowers sex workers and LGBTI persons as it undermines their esteem and relegates them to the margins of society in all affairs. Violence is also one of the structural amplifiers of new HIV incidents among the two groups as well as the high prevalence of HIV. In a policy gap analysis on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for LGBTI persons conducted in 2019, HRAPF found that although most policies are silent about the needs of LGBTI persons, they encourage provision of health services to all, which presents a window of opportunity to demand for provision of non-discriminatory health services for the two groups. HRAPF has alsoengaged duty bearers on decriminalisation of petty offences under which most sexual minorities are often targeted for mass arrests and extortion, and a task force was formed that is yet to start work with the new parliament.

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