A HAND FOR RESCUE UGANDA
BACKGROUND A Hand For Rescue was founded by four individuals who experienced egregious human rights violations and injustices within the Ugandan criminal justice system, particularly due to their marginalized identities as a transgender woman, a gay man, a sex worker, and an aged man.
The four united under a shared vision and began financially and emotionally supporting other marginalized individuals enduring the criminal justice system.
However, they quickly realized these people required more assistance and resources than they could provide. The idea for A Hand For Rescue was developed on February 28th, 2017 after the group visited some individuals in prison.
The organization will receive its certification this year and will begin expanding its capacity to assist these marginalized populations through health, education, financial, and legal services.
To empower LGBTQ+ individuals, sex workers, and aged persons experiencing the criminal justice system in Uganda through capacity building, human rights advocacy, and service delivery.
A society where LGBTQ+ individuals, sex workers, and aged persons experiencing the criminal justice system in Uganda are granted fundamental human rights and empowered both socially and economically.
GOAL A Hand For Rescue seeks to sustainably advocate for and support LGBTQ+ individuals, sex workers, and aged persons in the Ugandan criminal justice system so they are able to live a dignified life. This will occur through access to basic human rights, financial skills and tools, education, legal support, and health services.
1. Provide nutritional support to 100 LGBTQ+ individuals and 200 sex workers in 6 selected prisons.
2. Increase access to sexual reproductive health services for 100 LGBTQ+ individuals and 200 sex workers.
3. Conduct sensitization trainings in prisons which educate wardens, officers and inmates on relevant human rights.
ACTION FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS INITIATIVE
Action for transgender rights initiative (ATRI) is a transgender sex workers and transgender living with HIV non profitable organization which is a community based organization and it is established in 2014 to support the rural urban transgender sex workers at the grassroots level, its main target is to promote justice, equality for Trans gender sex workers in Uganda.
ATRI was formed by a group of Ugandan transgender sex workers after realizing that transgender issues were neglected and left behind, hence coming up with an idea of forming ATRI, so that Trans women and transgender sex workers can have a free space of their own whereby they can freely share experiences and ideas.
A society where all Uganda Trans women and transgender sex workers are recognized, respected and have access to health service and facilities.
To promote understanding, equality and acceptance hence improving on the health, social and economic wellbeing of Trans women and transgender sex workers and transgender living with HIV in Uganda and trans genders living with HIV.
1. Networking and collaborating with key strategic partners, communities, individuals and interested allies.
2. To build a strong and vibrant Trans women and transgender sex workers movement in Uganda.
3. To sensitize Ugandans on issues concerning Trans genders in Uganda and transgender living with HIV To undertake research and document on Trans women and transgender sex workers.
4. To influence legal and policy development in Uganda in order to ensure compliance for Trans women and transgender sex workers in Uganda. 5. Create or identify a free and a friendly health service facility were by all trans genders, sex work and those living with HIV can easily receive medical services.
Health Safety Rights
KEY POPULATIONS UGANDA
Key Population Uganda is a nonprofit support organization for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Sex workers people focused on Sexual Health, advocacy, Safety and security, community mobilization and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention for all LGBT and Sex workers people.
Formed in 2016 first as a group mainly led by Transgender and non Conforming persons, Key Populations Uganda caters for LGB, Transgender and Sex worker Ugandans – who are ‘coming out’, as well as men and women who are already ‘out, or having feelings of loneliness or isolation due to sexuality or sexual orientation.
Our team is consistent, dynamic and dedicated to serve the LGBTI and Sex workers communities despite the challenges and dangers. We also find pride in working with a number of partners right from MSM CSOs, LGBTI organizations, Mainstream/General Hospitals, volunteers and individuals.
We are currently partnering with Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), Most At Risk Populations Network (MARPS), Tranz Network Uganda (TNU), Happy Family, SPECTRUM, Out and Proud Uganda, Kampus Liberty Uganda, Lets walk Uganda, Sexual Minorities Uganda and Kuchu Shiners Uganda, Rainbow Mirrors.
An environment where Key population Persons are able to express themselves in hand with sustainable programs that improve access to sexual and reproductive health, rights and service delivery to all regardless of their Gender, Sexuality, and Race.
To support and create an enabling environment for the Key Population through raising awareness and advocate for Human Rights and Mitigate the impacts of HIV and AIDS , implementing Health services and Speaking out for the minority groups.
1. To advocate for human rights especially the right to health, education and full recognition of the minority persons in Uganda.
2. To advocate and implement all programs focusing on sustainable development.
3. To raise public workers awareness of reproductive health of the LGBTI – Sex workers.
4. To promote, train and empower the target marginalized groups in areas of health in Uganda.
5. To encourage and promote advocacy on issues aiming at improving the welfare and standards of living for marginalized persons in Uganda.
6. To promote professionalism in sport activities in which marginalized persons are involved.
7. To develop strategies and Avenues for controlling and preventing HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases among the side-lined communities / groups in Uganda.
promoting positive living
KUCHU SHINERS UGANDA
HISTORY OF THE ORGANISATION
Kuchu shiners Uganda is a LGBT/sex workers organization which was founded by a group of LGBT/sex workers due to so many challenges faced such as criminalization, stigma and discrimination, the existing organisations not really reaching their grass root people when it came to service provision and the need to promote a positive living among the LGBT/sex worker persons.
Kuchu shiners Uganda is fully registered as Company Limited by Guarantee. Kuchu shiners Uganda is an organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual, Trans and Sex Workers in Uganda (LGBT/SW).
Kuchu shiners is a member and partnership organization which was started in 2015 by LGBT/SW “s” members who felt that their issues are not fully represented and that there was need to promote positive living among the LGBT/SW persons.
Kuchu Shiners Uganda is currently partners with Most At Risk Population Initiative (MARPI), Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), Most At Risk Populations Network (MARPS), Tranz Network Uganda (TNU), Organization for Gender empowerment and Rights Advocacy (OGERA Uganda), Happy Family, SPECTRUM, PACE, ARUWE, Rainbow Mirrors and Out and Proud Uganda. Kuchu Shiners Uganda are currently operating in districts like Kampala, Jinja (Walukuba, Masese, Masubiira) Mbale (Northern, Wuboko, Industrial, Wannale), Masaka (Chabakuza, Bukumasibi, Masaka Town), Mbarara (Kakoba, Mbarara Town, kamukuzi, kaakika) Mityana (kikogge, Mityana Town), Mubende (kumizzani, Mubende Town).
We are also currently working in divisions like Makindye, Rubaga, Wakiso, Nakawa, Mukono,
To create an enabling environment for LGBT/sex workers and advocate for Human Rights and mitigate the impacts of HIV and AIDS and implementing Health services.
A productive community where all LGBT/Sex workers persons are living a positive and productive life. VALUES Commitment Accountability Transparency Love and unity Team work.
• To encourage and promote advocacy on issues aiming at improving the welfare and standards of living for LGBT/ Sex workers persons in Uganda.
• To create an enabling environment for the LGBT/Sex workers persons affected by HIV/AIDs to meaningfully participate equally in healthy, development, social and other gainful programs.
• To Support all lawful activities which are aimed at promoting and advocating for human rights of the targeted group of people.
• Promoting team effort, interdependence and trust in execution of our work and build on the partnerships to achieve our goals.
Legacy in diversity
THE RAINBOW SHADOWS UGANDA
TRSU is a registered community based organisation located in western Uganda based in Mbarara District that has been in existence for two year. Our main offices are STI Clinic Mbarara Referral Hospital.
To see that the LGBTI and sex workers are recognized in Uganda and have rights like any other citizen of Uganda
The Rainbow shadows Uganda’s mission is to empower LGBTI & sex workers community in all parts of western Uganda and jointly work for realization of rights for all.
This is done through extending health, psych social, financial and safe space to LGBQTI, sex workers and reduce sexual harassment with their clients and sexual partners; using combination preventative approaches and to ensure they live a comfortable life with no discrimination.
The beneficiaries for organisation projects are mainly LGBTI and sex workers.
To ensure that LGBTI get access to all kinds of health services and protective behaviors including condom use and safe sex practices, primary health care and STI diagnosis and treatment and protection against discriminatory Laws.
• Reduce stigma and discrimination towards lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and sex workers in health, justice and security contexts
• Increase access to support in response to human rights violations
• Increase LGBTI community mobilization and collective empowerment
• Increase access to LGBTI safe spaces • Provide financial assistance in emergence cases.
Uganda FEM Alliance (FEMA) Uganda is a lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LBTQ) organization which was established in 2012 by a group of lesbians who felt that the needs of the growing LBTQ community were not adequately represented by the few minority groups organizations in Uganda.
And more so in the wake of the constant harassment, insults and discrimination heaped on them by an ignorant society because of their sexuality or sexual preferences as well as transphobia even within the LGBTI and sexual rights movements.
• To promote human rights and restore the dignity of LBTQ persons through research and advocacy, supporting personal development and combating violence through strategic partnerships.
• To see a stigma-free Uganda where LBTQ persons are treated with dignity, their rights are fully respected and have equal access to social justice.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
• To increase knowledge, information and advocate for Human Rights of LBTQ within the community.
• To promote a well-coordinated, inter-dependent and strong network of LBTQ membership.
• To establish and maintain strategic partnerships with key allies and partners.
• To develop the institutional capacity of FEMA-Uganda to be able to fulfill its mandate
RAINBOW MIRRORS UGANDA
Rainbow mirrors Uganda (RMU) is a youth Trans women sex work led Non-governmental organization that was established in 2015 and registered as a company limited by guarantee in March 2016 under the Registration number 217479.
RMU was established to support and enable young Trans women sex workers to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, and education.
The organization promotes, protects and advances young Trans women sex workers’ human rights by building leadership, strengthening trans women sex workers capacity, supporting trans women sex workers’ led initiatives and movements.
By inspiring and engaging young Trans women sex workers, Rainbow Mirrors strives to end discrimination against Trans women sex workers and realize a society that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. Rainbow mirrors geographical scope encompasses; central region (Kampala, Wakiso), Easter region in the districts of Kamuli, Iganga and Mbale, and Western region (mbarara) Rainbow Mirrors
A society where social justice inspires community engagement and equality for Trans women sex workers such that they are realised, their leadership skills are enhanced and are free from all forms of discrimination. Rainbow Mirrors
To promote, protect and advance young Trans women sex workers’ human rights through Fostering leadership, personal, economic, and professional growth through collaborations, capacity development, inclusion in all spheres and visual arts.
To support and enable young Trans women sex workers to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, arts & governance.
1. To economically empower young Trans women sex workers through engagement in agriculture and improve their living conditions
2. To build partnerships and synergy between young Trans women sex workers and other LGBTQ communities and key population groups
3. To advocate for policy and law reforms in order to reduce the criminalization and discrimination (in the spaces of academia, employment, leadership and access to health services) of young Trans women sex workers
4. To advocate for the sexual reproductive and health rights as well as access to SRHR and health services for young Trans women sex workers
5. To lobby for inclusion of young Trans women sex workers in formal employment.
BLESSED RWENZORI UGANDA
ORGANIZATION: BLESSED RWENZORI UGANDA (BRU)
REGION: WESTERN UGANDA, RWENZORI REGION
Blessed Rwenzori Uganda (BRU) is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Sex Worker organization established in 2012 by a group of lesbians and sex workers who were discriminated against by society due to their sexual orientation and work.
Blessed Rwenzori was established to empower the LGBT and sex worker community in Kasese socially, politically and economically. This is done through advocacy, economic empowerment, creating awareness, building self-esteem, education and provision of moral support.
Theme: Blessed Rwenzori Uganda (BRU) is a registered non-profit making organization established with a sole aim of promoting human rights of sexual minorities in the rural areas of western Uganda based in the Rwenzori region in Kasese District. BRU Target Groups are the sexual minorities namely; lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and sex workers who are constantly rejected by the society in all aspects of life i.e. the community, Family, Friends and work places.
A western Uganda rural society that recognises and respects the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Sex Workers people.
To advocate for the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Sex Workers in the rural areas of Western Uganda.
a) To raise awareness on human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Sex Workers people.
b) To mobilise resources and create new partnerships
c) To build and develop institutional capacity of BRU.