AMSHeR has formal membership of 18 organisations, strategically chosen to maintain geographic (Central, East, Southern and West Africa),linguistic (English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese-speaking countries),socio-legal (common law, civil law and Roman-Dutch legal systems) representation of sub-Saharan Africa. AMSHeR maintains a reach across the whole of Africa through partnerships with a network of affiliate members.
Our members are at varying phases of development, with some members matured and registered in their respective countries while others still in developing towards maturity phase. We have at least one member organisation in each respective sub-region on the continent with the exception at the moment, of North Africa.
Click on a shaded country on the map to view the AMSHeR members in that region. Blue indicates a National Human Rights Institution. Yellow indicates an AMSHeR member organization.
The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER)
The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER) formally known as TIP is a registered Non-governmental organization in Nigeria. TIER was established in 2007 as a response to the continuous discrimination and marginalization of sexual minorities in health programs such as HIV prevention program and human rights advocacy. On establishment, it envisions a society that is free from discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, tribe and especially sexual orientation and gender identity amongst others. It works to achieve this through education, empowerment and advocacy. TIER’s activities include but not limited to Sexual health programming, skill acquisition programs, capacity building development and legal aid program
Community Health Education Services and Advocacy (CHESA).
The Community Health Education Service and Advocacy (CHESA) is a registered youth voluntary, non-partisan, Non-governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to the key population, LGBT and their networks (parents, friends, partners and others) in response to HIV/AIDS and Human rights promotion through in depth partnership with the communities in Tanzania. Established in 2008 and registered under the NGO Act No. 24 of 2002, with registration number 00NGO/00007305.
CHESA is operating throughout Tanzania Mainland. The organization uses international commitments such as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a measure of competence and performance for improved standards of living for the key population.
Rainbow Candle Light
RCL is a non-governmental organization founded on November 24, 2009 by a group of homosexuals in Burundi. Rainbow Candle Light is an LGBTI led-organization working on sensitize community members and help change attitude and practice to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Since the creation of the association, the group of homosexuals were aware that a large majority of the people of Burundi and homosexuals in particular, are not aware of their rights and that culture, religions, public and private institutions are in origin of homophobic practices and behaviors, especially for transgender people.
Since the adoption of the anti-gay law in the revised penal code in April 2009, gross violations of human rights arising therefore, guide the missions of RCL to the extension of the various pieces of legislation, including those related to human rights and freedoms, and also to promote the rights and duties of citizens, with a particular instance of gays rights.
Out Right Namibia (ORN)
Out Right Namibia (ORN) is Namibian LGBTI, MSM and WSW human rights based organisation that was formed in March 2010 by self identified LGBTI, MSM and WSW activists and officially registered in November 2010 as a Trust. ORN advocates as the voice for Lesbian Women/ Gay men/ Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex people in Namibia to further address, redress and arrest the amount of homophobia rhetoric in the country.
Notable efforts were made in the liberation struggle of the LGBTI movement in Namibia and numerous achievements registered in the establishment meeting whereby the ever growing needs of marginalized sexual diverse persons were echoed.
To be the leading organisation creating a united movement for sexual diverse people enjoying improved quality of life and access to legal and social justice.
OUT: LGBT Well-being
OUT-LGBT Well-being is 15 years old and one of the biggest LGBT organisations in South Africa. There has been many successes including playing a leading role in securing same sex marriage and the opening of a dedicated LGBT community centre. The focus is on health and rights. OUT has the following programmes:
- Counselling (face to face, telephonic and electronic), groups (gay men, lesbian women, book club, trans group, group for parents, alcoholics anonymous, group for therapists)
- HIV prevention programmes focussing of substance use, strengthening of community norms, electronic based prevention www.m2m
- Clinic with ARV service and holistic HIV care
- Research into sexual risk factors
- Advocacy to protect and further LGBT, gender and progressive inclusive legislation.
OUT serves on the South African National AIDS Council and is in the process of opening offices within three provinces in South Africa. OUT has a full time staff component of 15 and operations are overseen by a Board.
LAMBDA (Mozambican Association for Sexual Minority Rights)
LAMBDA, the Mozambican Association for Sexual Minority Rights was founded in 2006. Their mission is to promote the civic, human and legal rights of LGBTI citizens, through public awareness and education, advocacy and social dialogue. LAMBDA’s target groups are all LGBTI citizens, civil society organizations, political and governmental institutions, social groups, such as the youth, teachers, medical doctors, and the general public.
- The reduction of prejudice and discrimination against LGBTI citizens
- The recognition and protection of the equality of rights of LGBTI citizens
- The strengthening of self-esteem and the protection of sexual and mental health of LGBTI citizens
- The recognition of LAMBDA as the voice of LGBTI citizens
Ishtar first came to the forefront with the staging of the play ‘Cleopatra’. This was an entry point that helped to develop an atmosphere of trust and openness where discussion and reflection on what it means to be a homosexual began to take place. Brother Daino, a marianist missionary, was seeking a way in which “the church [could] respond to pastoral needs of the Homosexual community in Nairobi”.
Ishtar’s initial membership was Male sex workers, the organization has since developed to deal with MSM holistically where all MSM and Transgender women (Male to Female) are included In 1999, like-minded gay men came together to have it registered as a self help group dealing explicitly with MSM issues.
It is one of the founding organizations of Gay and lesbian coalition of Kenya (GALCK) and was formally registered as a community based organization in 2002. Ishtar has been at the forefront of advancing LGBTI health rights in Kenya. Ishtar has been actively involved in several research programs, the most remarkable ones being: In 2004/2005 partnering with Nairobi University Institute of African studies and the Population Council in the Understanding the HIV/STI risk and prevention needs of MSM in Nairobi Kenya.
This research presented the key findings and acknowledgement that MSM are not a negligible population in Nairobi and that their sexual behavior has an implication on both men’s and women’s reproductive health hence the importance of inclusion of MSM in the holistic approach to fight the pandemic. 500 MSM IN Nairobi were interviewed in this research.
- Lateral and vertical accountability
- Team Work
- Mutual respect
- Collective action and responsibility
- Advocate for equal access of healthcare for MSM.
- To identify and develop a referral system for MSM health needs.
- To create, raise and promote Public awareness about MSM
- To use different medium e.g. drama, dance and skits, flyers brochures, newsletters & media, to pass messages regarding sexual health and safer sexual practices for the MSM community.
- Capacity building of members to instill life skills to be help with living with one’s self
- To offer peer education services to the members
- To create, plan and manage different support groups for the members.
- To emphasize life skills, and development of positive attitudes and values.
International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health (ICARH)
ICARH, formerly known as Alliance Rights Nigeria (ARN) is an independent research initiative established in the year 1999 for the main purpose of contributing to policy issues/matters affecting the rights of sexual minorities and PLWHA’s in Nigeria, through research, analysis, training, awareness campaign development and advocacy.
ICARH was founded to fill a lacuna in the civil society’s landscape and to fulfill a passion so as to contribute to the development needs of the country in the areas of health and social rights, having found that several structures in Nigeria were well out of tune with international acceptable practices, ICARH sought to assist in bringing about a more rapid change in attitude on issues in the concerning social and sexual health matters in the country.
Thus the initial vision was to bring about change in attitude through advocacy, research and training, however after it’s formation, ICARH was to properly examine critical issues in our society relating to MSM, LGBTI, IDU and CSW, and expanded it’s activities to focus not only on these social matters but also to pursue projects aimed to bringing reforms in human rights and HIV/AIDS eradication, awareness, treatment and sensitization as it affects these minorities.
ICARH is also active in providing legal support to its members and is a member of a number of important human rights coalitions including Sexual Minorities Against AIDS in Nigeria (SMAAN)
To provide interventions that meet the sexual health needs of sexual and gender minorities.
To carry out awareness on human rights and its linkage to HIV/AIDS as it relates to the sexual minorities, with the aim of reducing discrimination and stigmatization.
The advocate against harmful laws affecting sexual and gender minorities and to document subsequent human rights violations borne of hostile environments and such hostile laws.
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GALZ is a universitas, voluntary membership organisation established in 1990 to serve the needs of the LGBTI community in Zimbabwe. It is constituted primarily to provide a service to Lesbian women, gay men, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons and is not formed for the purposes of coercing or persuading anyone to lead the lifestyle of any particular sexual orientation or preference or gender identity.
We provide membership driven services to the LGBTI community and work to increase availability of relevant services that are responsive to the needs of members. We ensure that LGBTI people have access to safe and non discriminatory spaces and facilities. We work to strengthen the capacity of LGBTI people to exercise their rights in different forums. We work to raise awareness and understanding by the public of LGBT issues, interest and rights.
A just society that promotes and protects human rights of LGBTI people as equal citizens in Zimbabwe.
To promote, represent and protect the rights and interests of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people through; advocacy, lobbying, empowerment, education, research and provision of safe space
Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya
The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya – GALCK is registered Trust (“Kenya Gay and Lesbian Trust”) and was established in May 2006. GALCK acts as an umbrella body for LGBTI organizations in Kenya. It currently consists of four LGBTI organizations; “Minority Women in Action”, “Ishtar MSM”, “TOMIK” and “Gay Kenya” but have up to 6 organizations from across major towns in Kenya who have applied for membership.
The vision of GALCK is a safe and enabling environment for LGBTI organizations and individuals in Kenya. The mission of GALCK is to promote recognition, acceptance and defend the interests and rights of LGBTI organizations and their members.
Through support from Norwegian Development Aid – NORAD, Galck set up a community centre, which contains offices for the 5 member organizations, a drop-in centre and counselling room for use during HIV Testing and Counselling services. These offices have served as a unique starting point for mobilizing the LGBTI community in the whole country, and presence has now been established in three of the major cities in Kenya. Going forward, GALCK hopes to buid and consolidate a nation-wide movement to effectively represent the needs of the entire LGBTI community in Kenya but also offer coordinated advocacy services across the country.
+254 020 2426060
Friends of Rainka
The organization aims to protect, advance and promote the Human Rights of Zambian sexual minorities by engaging law and policy makers in legal reform, build capacity to undertake effective advocacy, establish member services based on identified needs and priorities, and to research, gather, analyze and disseminate information. Human rights must be seen as indivisible and universal as is enshrined in international law.
A Zambian society that embraces diversity and upholds the rights of all
F.O.R. is a non-governmental, not-for-profit Organization that champions the rights of sexual minorities in Zambia through advocacy, information dissemination, legal reform, research and direct service provision.
We work towards a system based on social and economic justice, interdependence, solidarity and respect rather than competition and exploitation. We want a Zambia without the systems of oppression.
We believe in stimulating innate creative energy by providing the tools that will allow the deliverance of our values.
In our work, we will strive for transparency, be honest about what we are doing and do what we say.
The concept of absolute freedom is central to the whole of our organization. We believe that all should be liberated so as to realize their freedom practically.
In the recent past HIVOS International, a Dutch Organization (Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Country) provided funding that has alleviated the organization’s financial woes.
The organization has informally provided psycho-social support for members of the community, providing counseling, education on sex, sexuality, gender, safe sex practices and HIV/AIDS. In December 2008, F.O.R. officially opened office and as our first of many activities, in February 2009, we held an Organizational development and capacity building workshop and a follow up workshop on advocacy and human rights in March, 2009.
FOR has strived to collaborate with human rights and health based NGOs but the existing laws have limited our number of partners domestically and has denied us access to traditional sources of funding.
Frank and Candy
Frank & Candy, Uganda is a Kuchu grassroots organisation that was formed with the specific aims to address the HIV and health care needs of Kuchus in Uganda. The word Kuchu is used deliberately. In Uganda, it is a self-identification of all those of us who have other than the majority, heterosexual sex behaviour and sexual orientation. Kuchus, in ‘western’ terms, includes Gays, Lesbians, Transgenders, Intersex individuals, Men who have Sex with Men, Women who have Sex with Women, Bisexuals, Queers, Questioning and all others whose sexuality differs from that of the Hetero-normative standards. Frank & Candy aims are not to generate members lists, but to help Kuchus, Kuchu organisations and individuals self-actualise with regards to their needs of health, in particular Sexual Health and HIV Prevention Needs. Frank & Candy, Uganda was formed in 2005. It has a board of 5 Members, all Kuchus.
An Empowered and Informed Community of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Women who have Sex with Women (WSW) and Transgenders in Uganda, free from the threat of HIV/AIDS, functioning freely in society without Prejudice and Stigma.
Empowering the MSM/WSW/TG Communities and Individuals with Knowledge and Skills for HIV Prevention and Positive Living and ensuring access to Health Care and HIV Prevention Tools. Frank & Candy, Uganda is currently involved in a few initiatives, all aimed at HIV Prevention and Care. They include:
- The Frank & Candy Newsletter, a weekly HIV Prevention and Care informational electronic newsletter.
- The LGBTI Health Africa Listserve, an e-group, which was formed with the aim to connect all those in Africa who work in the fields of Health and Health care for Kuchus all over Africa and in the particular HIV field. Its aim is to connect, gather and disseminate information, get discussions going and share experiences. For questions on joining and moderation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Safe Space Initiative: A virtual secret group on a popular social networking site, which aims to create a safe space that is for Kuchus, administered by Kuchus to discuss any and all topics of interest to Kuchus. This initiative was formed in November 2010
- Kuchus Living with HIV/AIDS group (KULHAS). F&C, (U) is the parent group of KULHAS, a group of Kuchus living with HIV which was formed as a self support group to take care of the needs of Kuchus living with HIV
Currently CEDEP is receiving financial support from Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), OSISA, OSI SHARP Project and AMFAR.
Frank & Candy, Uganda aims to work with, and empower other Kuchu groups. It aims to be a professional link between programming, and service delivery.
+256 772 416 741
Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights (CEPEHRG)
CEPEHRG strives for the attainment of equal rights and the removal of all forms of discrimination in all aspects of life for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and same gender loving people in Ghana, West Africa (where same-sex relationships are still criminalized). We strive to inform, educate, counsel and support people in matters relating to law, health (specifically HIV/AIDS in same-sex relationships) and socio-economic wellbeing. Sexual rights are human rights.
CEPEHRG started as a youth and human rights project in 1998 for young people to examine their own specific problems using human rights principles, and to develop a voice and to be heard. Officially registered in March 2003 (charitable registration number DSW/ 2231) to focus on the human rights and the sexual health needs of young people, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people living in Ghana.
CEPEHRG now work actively on Human Rights, HIV/AIDS programs and services for LGBT people living in Ghana.
They also have Interactive theatre group which performs interactive theatre performances in schools and communities to create awareness on basic and fundamental human rights of young people including the marginalized. They are a member of the UNAIDS Technical Working Group (TWG) for most-at-risk populations in Ghana and UNAIDS / UNDP Red Ribbon Award winners for 2008 for offering HIV/AIDS prevention programs and services to the MSM communities in Ghana.
Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP)
Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) is a registered human rights organisation under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962.The organisation was established in order to address the needs and challenges of minority groups in Malawi in the context of human rights, health and social development. Such minority groups are LGBT people, Prisoners, Sex workers, Street Children and any other such minority groups whose rights are often neglected.
The organization has the following programs for the LGBT community: Sexual health program. This program involves sexual health workshops, distribution of condoms and lubrication, MSM friendly VCT clinic and a resource centre.
Research is one of the core programme areas of the organisation. It forms the basis for CEDEP’s advocacy programme. In 2008 CEDEP in collaboration with Open Society Institute and the Sexual Health and Rights Project, USA, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, USA and Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA), RSA conducted an epidemiological study of HIV prevalence among 200 men who have sex with other men (MSM) in Malawi. The study revealed an HIV prevalence of 21.4% which is twice the national prevalence.
Currently CEDEP is receiving financial support from Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), OSISA, OSI SHARP Project and AMFAR.
The main goal of CEDEP is to create a legally and socially accepting environment where minority groups have an improved livelihood. The organisation objectives are; to advance the human rights of minority groups through advocacy and lobbying, to promote human rights and health of minority groups through civic education, training, capacity building, networking and research, and provide support services for the improvement of the welfare of minority groups in accordance with their needs.
Alternatives-Cameroun is an organization working for equality, tolerance, and respect for people who suffer from social exclusion. Alternatives-Cameroun was founded by young Cameroonian professionals fighting for human rights in Cameroon, especially for the rights of people who have sexual relations with people of the same sex.
Our organization has been a legally recognized non-profit organization in Cameroon since October 27, 2006.
The vision we have is a Cameroonian society, which is principled and strong, democratic and tolerant, that affirms individual as well as social and economic rights. This society should be dynamic and self-promoting.
+237 778 168 37
+237 984 826 14
Alternative Ivory Coast
Alternative Ivory Coast is a non-political, non-confessional and non-profit organization founded on the 14th of March, 2010 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Our Organization intends to be a platform of health training and human rights working in planning and implementing programmes and services in terms of HIV/AIDS and adapted to the realities of sexual minorities as well as other populations who interact with them.
- Prevent and sensitize against STI/HIV/AIDS proliferation and support LGBT living with HIV/AIDS
- Fight for the respect of human rights such as the right to access to medical services, to information, to training and education for vulnerable people or victims of discrimination and stigmatization (particularly homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender)
- Represent effectively discriminated groups both on national and international level to raise public awareness on issues related their conditions
- Educational talks at the headquarter of the organization
- Group talks
- Thematic talks under specialists’ supervision (of health, nutritionists, etc.)
- Mass outreach activities
- Proximity outreach activities (door to door)
- Prevention activities via internet
+225 02 11 80 18
+225 01 96 07 30
+225 04 51 26 36
Afrique-Arc-En-Ciel founded in October 23, 2007 is a group of young gay men who advocate for a good access to adequate prevention, treatment, care and support in HIV and AIDS, as well as a social environment free of stigma and discrimination for their development. In order to achieve its objectives, Afrique-Arc-En-Ciel works in partnership with the NGO Medical Aid and Charity (MAC). Afrique-Arc-En-Ciel makes available to the gay public in Lomé, a meeting space and a place for free discussion and prevention where one can address without any taboos the issue on Homosexuality and HIV / AIDS and Human Rights as well.