AMSHeR @ the Premier of ‘The Commission: From Silence To Resilience.’

August 3rd, 2017, The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] attended the launch of the premier of ‘The Commission: From Silence to Resilience’ – a documentary film that […]

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AMSHeR and Centre for Human Rights sign Technical Cooperation Agreement

On 2 August 2017, the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) and the Centre for Human Rights signs a technical cooperation agreement with the Centre for Human Rights, […]

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AMSHeR joins UNAIDS, GF, GNP+ and other as part of the End AIDS Coalition [EAC].

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR]  is proud to join UNAIDS, GF, GNP+ and other as part of the End AIDS Coalition. The End AIDS Coalition [EAC] […]

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AMSHeR in Zimbabwe for the LPP Project

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] Project Team in Harare, Zimbabwe for a convening of the Young Key Populations Community Dialogue and a Multi Stakeholder Workshop. The […]

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AMSHeR on Mission to Luanda, Angola – LPP Project

July 17 – 19, 2017 – AMSHeR on mission to Luanda, Angola with consortium partners UNDP for meetings with Angolan government officials and civil society organisations [CSOs] for the on […]

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AMSHeR welcomes the appointment of Berry Didier Nibogora to the Board of the Developing Country NGO Delegation of the Global Fund

JOHANNESBURG – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] congratulates Mr. Berry Didier Nibogora, Attorney at Law and AMSHeR’s Law and Human Rights Advocacy Manager on his appointment […]

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AMSHeR @ the Regional Workshop on Preventive Security and Emergency Response for LGBT individuals and human rights defenders in Francophone West Africa.

What? Regional Workshop on Preventive Security and Emergency Response for LGBT individuals and human rights defenders in Francophone West Africa. This is a follow-up initiative to the Francophone LGBTI Advocates Initiative […]

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AMSHeR in Consortium with UNDP and HEARD Hosts the LEAs Training

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] in consortium with the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] and the Health Economics and AIDS Research Division […]

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AMSHeR at the UNAIDS PCB in Geneva, Switzerland

27 June 2017, AMSHeR Executive Director attends the 40th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board [PCB] is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 June.  The African Men for Sexual […]

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Are you AMSHeR’s next Executive Director?

To apply: Interested applicants should send a comprehensive curriculum vitae, cover letter highlighting key competencies and experience relevant to the advertised position, a list of current references to jobs@amsher.org with the […]

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AMSHeR Hosts a succesful MRDA Workshop

May 30 – June 2nd, 2017, AMSHeR hosted the second Meaningful Representation Dialogue and Advocacy (MRDA) workshop as a follow-up to the inception workshop convened in 2016. The purpose of the […]

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AMSHeR Commemorates Africa Day!

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African Emergency Response and Preventive Strategy Against SOGIE based persecution

AMSHeR Hosts the African Emergency Response and Preventive Strategy Against SOGIE based persecution and prosecutions in Africa   On June 14th, 2017 – as part of the process to develop […]

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TRAILER: The Commission- From Silence to Resistance

Silence about your issues is just  like death to life  and i can not afford to die, I’d rather speak – Michael

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Linking Programming to Policy

AMSHeR in partnership with UNDP and HEARD  to implement a project on HIV intervention for Young Key Populations The project is part of the “Leave No One Behind” regional initiative […]

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Vacancies at AMSHeR

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] seeks personel to support the implementation of the project “Linking Policy and Programming: Strengthening Legal and Policy Environments for Reducing HIV […]

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AMSHeR congratulates Dr. Tedros on his appointment as Director General of WHO

JOHANNESBURG, June 7th, 2017 – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] welcomes the appointment of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia as Director General of the World Health […]

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Queer Voices of Faith -The Premier

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] joined the World in observing the International Day Against Homophobia, Bi-phobia and Transphobia [IDAHOT] on May 17th, 2017.   AMSHeR screened […]

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AMSHeR Board Meet with Staff

On June 2nd – June 3rd, 2017, the Board of Directors of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] met in Johannesburg, South Africa for AMSHeR’s Quarter 2 […]

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AMSHeR Staff Retreat and Planning Meeting

Staff Retreat and Planning Meeting 2017 May 22- 26th, 2017, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] secretariat attended a staff retreat and annual planning and evaluation meeting to […]

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On Africa Day, AMSHeR Calls on African States to Honour the Ekurhuleni Declaration

On this Africa Day, May 25th, 2017 – the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] acknowledges efforts made by African communities to reclaim peace, dignity and justice for […]

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AMSHeR Observes Africa Day

On this Africa Day, May 25th, 2017 – the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] acknowledges efforts made by African communities to reclaim peace, dignity and justice for […]

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Join AMSHeR @ the Bioscope Maboneng

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AMSHeR_IDAHOT_Press Release

JOHANNESBURG, May 17th, 2017 – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] joins the World in observing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia [IDAHOT]. This year’s […]

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Communiqué de presse

Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud – AMSHeR (African Men for Sexual Health and Rights) annonce le recrutement de nouveaux membres de son personnel dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre […]

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Press Release

Communiqué de presse Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) announces the appointment of new staff who are joining AMSHeR to support the implementation […]

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AMSHeR STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Johannesburg – South Africa.| Dakar – Senegal. Today, the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) joins the world, other human rights defenders and organisations to commemorate the International […]

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“No Ending AIDS without smart investment in key population communities”

Statement delivered by incoming Africa NGO Delegate, Director of AMSHeR, Kene Esom The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, the Africa Sex Worker Alliance and the African Key Populations […]

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World Aids Day 2016

We stand in solidarity with African key populations – sex workers, men who have sex with men, trans-diverse persons, people who use drugs, prisoners and detainees, including women who have sex with women and people living with HIV in order to end AIDS. Regards AMSHeR Team

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Celebration of World Aids Day 2016

In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2016 and also of showing support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with, and impacted by HIV, AMSHeR joins the global […]

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As We Celebrate Our Heroes

  Between 07-11 November 2016, representatives of AMSHeR’s member organisations from across Africa meet in Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the Annual Steering Committee Meeting and a regional Roundtable with […]

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 Submission of State Reports

Ordinary sessions The Commission holds two ordinary sessions each year. The duration of the session varies in each case from 10 to 15 days depending on needs and finance. The […]

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Africa’s religious leaders need to join the fight against stigma and HIV/AIDS

Spirituality is an important part of life in Africa. The need to reconcile, worship, meditate, and pray contributes to peoples’ well-being and is considered “spiritual food.” Throughout the International AIDS […]

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Populations affected by unjust criminal laws call to advance justice and health

On 19 July, a workshop was hosted at the 21st International AIDS Conference, being held in Durban, South Africa. Entitled “Common at its core: understanding the linkages for challenging the […]

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AMSHeR Supporting the African Commission HIV Committee Stakeholder Consultation

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) adopted during the 16th Extraordinary Session in Kigali Resolution ACHPR/Res.290 (EXT. OS/XVI)2014 mandating its Committee on the Protection of the […]

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Key Populations’ Engagement Report Launch

In 2014-16, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (“The Global Fund”) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (“PEPFAR”) have both taken steps to significantly […]

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Queer Voices of Faith

At a time when African LGBT persons are facing increasing religion-inspired homophobia and discrimination and religious leaders across the continent are inciting violence and intolerance through their platforms, but also […]

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La participation des populations clés à la gouvernance de la santé

Nous vous remercions de votre participation à ce sondage ! L’Objectif 3 de développement durable s’engage à permettre à tous de vivre en bonne santé et à promouvoir le bien-être de […]

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CSO Response to Exclusion of AMSHeR, Others from HLM

 We, the undersigned civil society organizations from around the world, are writing to you to express our profound outrage at the exclusion of a significant number of civil society organizations […]

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PrEPing Africa for Key Populations

In a series of recent meetings engaging LGBT individuals and organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, the subject of PrEP has been raised and received some discussion, but there has not been […]

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Analyse et commentaires du Jugement du Tribunal de Dakar condamnant 7 personnes pour actes conte nature

Analyse et commentaires du Jugement du Tribunal de Dakar condamnant 7 personnes pour actes conte nature La décision du Tribunal de Dakar condamnant à une peine d’emprisonnement de 2 ans […]

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Civil Society Consultation: Finding Practical Solutions to Ending Violence and Discrimination Based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in Africa

Human rights defenders from nearly twenty countries across Africa have gathered in Johannesburg ahead of this week’s Africa Regional Seminar on “Finding Practical Solutions to Address Violence and Discrimination against […]

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Finding Practical Solutions to Ending Violence and Discrimination Based on SOGI

 Historic Meeting of Gender and Sexual Rights Activists from Across Africa Human rights defenders from nearly twenty countries across Africa have gathered in Johannesburg ahead of this week’s Africa Regional […]

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GALZ Alert: Tholanah Pleads Not Guilty As Trial Commences.

The trial of GALZ Chairperson, Martha Tholanah commenced on Monday 24 January 2014 before Magistrate Don Ndirowei. Tholanah pleaded not guilty to the charge of contravening Section 6 (1) (3) […]

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AMSHeR’s collaboration with the Global Fund

The Global Fund New Funding Model strives for maximum impact, working together in partnership, to save millions of lives, provide prevention, treatment and care services to millions of people, while helping […]

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Wishing You Happy Holidays!

Johannesburg – Today marks the end of yet another year for the AMSHeR Secretariat staff. As we look forward to a much deserved break, we would like to thank you for […]

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AMSHeR Statement on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day

Today the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) joins the community of other human rights defenders and organisations to commemorate the International Human Rights Day and the progress […]

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The Sexuality and Equality in Africa Project

AMSHeR is a Pan-African coalition of organisations across Africa working to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Africa, and to advance access to quality health […]

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Voices for Freedom Project

‘The Voices for Freedom Project aims to portray a positive narrative of  African LGBT persons and their experiences through their voices and the voices of their friends and family. This […]

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UTETEZI: Advocacy for Policy Change

An Advocacy Guide for Policy Change Around MSM Health In the face of these hostile conditions, advocacy organisations are working alongside MSM communities to support men who have sex with […]

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Key Population’s experience on the Global Fund’s New Funding Model

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) has today released the results of a survey tracking the inclusion of constituencies representing gay men and other men-having-sex-with-men (MSM), sex […]

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Press Release

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) has today released the results of a survey tracking the inclusion of constituencies representing gay men and other men-having-sex-with-men (MSM), sex […]

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AMSHeR mourns the death of its Pioneer Executive Director

Johannesburg – South Africa The Board, Steering Committee and membership of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] mourns the death of its pioneer Executive Director (ED), Mr. […]

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Creating a LGBTQ Fund West Africa: Call for applications Members of the Interim Steering Committee

To find out more about the West African fund and how you can apply to become a member of the interim committee, please see the document below: Pour en savoir […]

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Zimbabwe Government Makes Formal Comment on ICASA 2015

Zimbabwe’s minister of Health and Child Care has put forward Zimbabwe’s commitment to an inclusive and successful ICASA 2015. Read the full statement here>> ZimGovStatement_ICASA.

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Member Spotlight – The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) Nigeria

The AMSHeR Coalition – Member Spotlight The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) Nigeria TIERs is a Nigerian-based registered non-for-profit organisation working to protect and promote the human rights of sexual […]

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AMSHERs Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018

 

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AMSHeR Capacity Strengthening Process with MSH

Over the last 16-months, the AMSHeR Secretariat has been on a journey to strengthen its organisational capacity especially in the key areas of governance, financial management, structures and systems, Planning […]

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Justice and Peace Shelter Initiative

Justice and Peace is launching a new call for Human Rights Defenders to participate in the Shelter City Initiative. The Shelter City Initiative offers human rights defenders the possibility for […]

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New OHCHR report out today: “Discrimination & Violence against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (A/HRC/29/23)

If you have not already read through it, please see below for the full report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Please see below: […]

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Another 1st for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

SOGI Advocacy at the 56th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: The Coalition of African Lesbians Granted Observer Status 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission […]

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Getting to Know Our New Executive Director: Kene Esom

We spent some time getting to know Kene Esom, who has recently been appointed Executive Director of AMSHeR, and what he has in mind for AMSHeR in 2015. Q: Congratulations! You […]

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International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa

International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA 2015) The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), custodian of ICASA, regretfully informs all stakeholders and delegates that ICASA 2015 will […]

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Open Letter to the African Commission Regarding the Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

An open letter composed by a number of African NGOs, in regards to the Xenophobic attacks currently taking place in South Africa has been released. Please follow the link below […]

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Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) Statement on Observer Status: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

In response to the activities at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the 25th of April, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) have published a statement surrounding […]

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AMSHeR & AAI Launch African MSM Health Scorecards

The MSM Health Advocacy Project (MHAP), a joint project of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) and AIDS Accountability International (AAI) is a project that aims to […]

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Big Boost for Free Speech in Zambia

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa [OSISA] Court dismisses case against HIVactivist Paul Kasonkomona After a lengthy legal process, the renowned Zambian human rights and HIV activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was […]

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GALZ Chaiperson, Martha Tholanah Wins 2015 David Kato Vision And Voice Award


Harare – GALZ is delighted to announce and congratulate Ms. Martha Tholanah, GALZ Chairperson, for winning the David Kato Vision & Voice Award of 2015. The David Kato Vision & […]

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Boy Killed, Two Arrested As High School Riots Over ‘Gay’ Students

Ghanaian police have killed a boy after a school mob went on the rampage, attacking two pupils accused of being gay. According to local media, the two unnamed students at […]

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Zimbabwe: Making HIV an ‘Undetectable’ Virus

  Press Release The latest generation of HIV medical technology is making breakthroughs in care for HIV-positive patients, and in containing the epidemic in many African countries. The latest blood […]

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Global Fund Uganda CCM moves to further alienate MSM, Transgender, LGB, and IDU populations in HIV/AIDS Programmes

Kampala – Key Affected Population (KAPs) groups in Uganda have today reacted with sadness at the unfortunate move by Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) to block sexual and gender minorities […]

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Nigeria: NACA Commends Jonathan for Signing HIV/Aids Anti-Discrimination Law

National Agency for Aids Control (NACA) has hailed the recent signing into law of human Immune Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Anti-Discrimination Act 2014 by President Goodluck Jonathan describing it as […]

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Kenya Says No Gays In Jail Due To Their Sexuality

Kenya’s government has defended its LGBTI rights record at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and claimed that it is not enforcing its gay sex ban. On Thursday, the country […]

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Africa: The Final Push for HIV in New Global Development Agenda

With the mega-issues of poverty, hunger, health, education and global warming challenging the global community, HIV activists often struggle to be heard. But 2015, is not the year to take […]

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Nigeria: 9th Month Of Girls Abduction – BBOG Group To Organize Media Engagement

Leadership [Abuja]   The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has stated that come January 14, 2015, it will organise series of media engagements to mark the ninth month the abducted Chibok school […]

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Zambia and Global Fund Sign U.S.$234 Million in New Grants

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria [Geneva] Lusaka— The Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Churches Health Association of Zambia, and the Global Fund today reaffirmed their […]

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Zimbabwe: Government Introduces New HIV Treatment

GOVERNMENT is with effect from this month switching all people on HIV treatment to a new one of one tablet per day from the previous three pills to make it […]

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#FREEANDEQUALNAIJA Campaign Launched To Protect The Rights Of All Nigerians, Including LGBTI Individuals

ABUJA – A group of Nigerian human rights defenders have united in the #FreeAndEqualNaija media drive aimed at giving prominence to the protection of the rights of all Nigerians including […]

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GALZ Statement on Human Rights Day

Harare – Today is Human Rights Day, once again we take time to reflect on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe as well as taking stock of our collective strategies […]

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AMSHeR Statement on the International Human Rights Day – 10 December 2014

   Johannesburg – On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, when the world takes time to celebrate Human Rights and reminds of the importance to uphold the values […]

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AMSHeR Commemorates World AIDS Day

Johannesburg – African Men for Sexual Health and Rights joins the international community in commemorating World AIDS Day. Over thirty years into the HIV epidemic and billions of dollars spent, […]

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Gambia’s President Signs Life Sentence Anti-gay Law

Mambaonline It’s been confirmed that one of Africa’s most homophobic leaders has signed a new law that will throw gay people into jail for life. Amnesty International and Human Rights […]

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World Aids Day HIV Shower Selfie Campaign Launched

Mambaonline A sexy and fun new social media campaign to raise awareness and funds to combat HIV has been launched. The HIV Shower Selfie Challenge was thought up by hunky […]

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Respect Gay Rights, Judge Tells Killer

The horrific slaying of Thokoza resident Duduzile Zozo in September last year caused a public outcry when she was discovered in a yard in the township, a toilet brush sticking […]

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Register LEGABIBO, Judge Rannowane Orders Botswana Government

LEGABIBO triumphs in Botswana court LGBTI rights group wins right to legal registration LEGABIBO today won the right to be legally registered in Botswana, marking a decisive victory for the […]

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Questions Asked: SA Study On Men Who Have Sex With Men

Questions have been asked about a major new study on HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM), including gay and bisexual men, in three South African citie […]

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GALZ Statement On The Attacks Of Itai Dzamara And Kennedy Masiye

GALZ condemns the brutal attack of Journalist Itai Dzamara and nine other demonstrators following their Occupy Africa Unity Square demonstration in Harare on Thursday and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights […]

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Mozambique’s only LGBT Organisation – Demanding official registration as an NGO

We demand a response! This Friday, October 31st, 2014, LAMBDA (The Mozambican Association for the Defense of Sexual Minorities) will be holding an event to recognize the launch of its […]

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Tanzania: Call for Cut of HIV/Aids Prevalence in Key Groups

Tanzania Daily News [Dar es Salaam] ALTHOUGH the nation has recorded impressive success in fighting HIV and AIDS in the country, the disease’s prevalence is still high in key population […]

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Rwanda: ‘Wonder Drug’ Reduces HIV By 90 Percent

The New Times [Rwanda] A daily tablet that offers up to a 90 per cent reduction in the risk of contracting HIV could soon be available on the English National […]

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Africa: Writing the Final Chapter On AIDS

IPS Nairobi — Although AIDS has defied science by killing millions of people throughout Africa in the last three decades, HIV experts now believe that they have found the magic […]

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Nigerian Archbishop Backtracks On Anti-Gay Law

Archbis Earlier this year, Kaigama, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the draconian bill into law. The law outlaws any kind […]

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Africa: View On Gender – A Small Step Towards Ending LGBTI Persecution

SciDev.Net Last month, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning acts of violence and discrimination “committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity”. The resolution […]

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Chad: President Must Scrap Homophobic Bill

Amnesty International [London] The President of Chad, Idriss Deby, has been directly warned that if a homophobic bill currently before parliament is passed, he will be showing a blatant disregard […]

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Africa: UNAIDS to Launch HIV Testing Campaign Across Africa in World Record Bid

Sudan Tribune [Sudan] Addis Ababa — The UN is planning to conduct a multi-country HIV testing campaign in Africa to mark this year’s World AIDS Day in a bid to […]

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South Africa: New Data Shows Country May See Decline in New HIV Cases

Health-e [Cape Town] Better care and treatment of HIV patients may be putting the country on the road to a decline in infections – and the secret lies in patients’ […]

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THE UNHRC VOTES YES! FOR SOGI: African Civil Society Celebrates The Continued Recognition Of Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity At The United Nations Human Rights Council

For Immediate release African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR], the Coalition of African Lesbians [CAL], and the Demand Accountability SA Campaign* recognises and celebrates the adoption of a […]

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Lack Of Resources And Capacity Building Support Towards The Realisation of The Human Rights of LGBT People In Ghana

The Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana (CEPEHRG) is the one and only LGBT led organization working actively in Ghana since the year 1998. The organization strives for […]

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Crucial Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity UN resolution: SA’s Vote Will Lead The Way – But What Will It Be?

Daily Maverick [South Africa] Three years ago South Africa and Brazil co-sponsored a historic resolution encouraging the UN to discuss discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity […]

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SIGN-ON! African CSOs Collective Letter To South Africa Minister of International Relations and Coorperation

As you may know-this is the last week of the 27th ordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)for 2014 taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. This is an […]

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South Africa: People With HIV Should Be Able to Fight for Their Country

GroundUp [Cape Town] There is no reason people with HIV shouldn’t be soldiers, says Tim Flack, who served in the navy and is the Western Cape representative for the South […]

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Ekurhuleni Lesbian Murdered, Left Behind Killer’s Bed To Rot

Mambaonline South Africa’s LGBTI community remains under siege. Another lesbian woman has been raped and murdered in an apparent hate crime in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, outside of Johannesburg. Thembelihle ‘Lihle’ Sokhela […]

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Is South Africa Planning To Vote Against LGBTI Rights At The UN?

Mambaonline There are concerns that South Africa will not vote in favour of a new UN resolution against LGBTI discrimination and violence. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva […]

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What’s new at AMSHeR?

AMSHeR has been through a difficult time this year. But it is by no means all doom and gloom! We have some very positive developments to report, and the Secretariat […]

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Gambia: President Should Reject Homophobic Law – Life Sentence for ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’

Human Rights Watch [Washington DC] Photo: CCR Justice Dakar — President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia should not sign a new Criminal Code amendment that would increase the punishment for “aggravated […]

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Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Bill To Return To Parliament

Mambaonline Described as akin to the mythical Hydra with many heads, the horrific Anti-Homosexuality Bill appears set to return to Uganda’s Parliament. Anti homosexuality bill may return to uganda parliament […]

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Nigeria: #BringBackOurGirls Protesters Mark 140 Days of Chibok Abductions

Daily Trust [Nigeria] #BringBackOurGirls protesters marked the 140th day of Chibok abduction Monday calling Nigerians’ attention to the plight of Chibok Schoolgirls abducted by extremist group Boko Haram. The protesters […]

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Joburg’s Constitution Hill To Host New Mzansi Pride

Mambaonline Constitution Hill in Johannesburg will be the home of the ambitious inaugural Mzansi Pride this December, and not Zoo Lake, as previously suggested by organisers in June. First mzansi […]

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Africa: Human Rights Must Be Central to HIV Prevention Efforts

KC Team Last month, Australia hosted the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, putting HIV and human rights high on the agenda in discussions on the new post 2015 development […]

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Uganda: No Hope for Aids-Free Generation in Uganda As Controversial HIV Bill Is Signed Into Law

Inter Press Service Photo: Marlies Pilon/RNW HIV/AIDS in Uganda: abstinence, condoms and side dishes Kampala — HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” […]

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SOWETO Pride To Mark 10th Anniversary Amidst Tragedy

Mambaonline The annual Soweto LGBTI Pride March will mark its first decade on Saturday 27 September in the wake of another hate crime tragedy. Taking place in one of the […]

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2nd Pretoria Pride Confirmed For Oct.

Mambaonline The second Pretoria Pride Festival and Parade has been confirmed for Saturday 4 October, and will take place at the Centurion Rugby Club. The 2014 theme is “In The […]

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2014 Johannesburg Pride Stays In Sandton

Mambaonline Organisers of the 2014 Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival have announced that the event will once again take place in Sandton, this time on 25 October. Last year, the […]

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Forgive it. Africa is not anti-gay; the continent is just hopelessly confused

Homosexuality is legal in 18 of Africa’s 54 nations, and some nations where it is illegal paradoxically protect the right to be gay in their laws. EARLY this year of […]

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Loophole Allows Gay Marriages To Be Recognised In Namibia

Mambaonline A same-sex couple have reportedly managed to get their marriage recognised in Namibia thanks to a loophole in the nation’s law. Heide Rossouw of Heide Rossouw Legal Office in […]

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OUT Welcomes Arrest Of Man In Connection With Lesbian Woman’s Rape & Murder

OUT LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Well-being welcomes the arrest of a suspect in connection with the rape and murder of Gift Makau, a young lesbian woman in Ventersdorp. […]

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Walls Against Freedom

“I find it extremely outrageous and repugnant to my human conscience that such immoral and revulsive [sic] organisations, like those of homosexuals who offend both against the law of nature […]

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Africa: Global Fund Offering Technical Assistance On Community, Rights and Gender

The Global Fund Board on 5 August approved a special technical support initiative on community, rights and gender (CRG) to improve the quality, coordination and integration of information, data and […]

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Raped, Killed For Being Gay

Times Live [South Africa] A gay rights activist holds a rainbow flag. File photo Image by: MARKO DJURICA / REUTERS A 24-year-old man has been arrested in Ventersdorp, North West, […]

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Uganda: Briefing – What Next for Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law?

IRIN Photo: Wikipedia Activists protesting Uganda anti-gay bill (file photo) Kampala — It led to increased repression, drew international condemnation and prompted foreign donors to suspend millions of dollars in […]

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South Africa: Public Dialogue On The Debate On Homosexuality In Africa Planned

CAPETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA A public debate on homosexuality in Africa has been organised for August 20 to discuss the current situation of homosexuals in African countries. Organised by the Centre for […]

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Cameroon: ‘Hate Unleashed’ – Homophobia in Cameroon

IRIN Nairobi — The West African country of Cameroon has many problems, reflected in its dismal social indicators. But it is the issue of homosexuality that seems to excite the […]

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South Africa Leads in HIV Prevention Among Gay Groups

NGO Pulse African countries that fail to fight homophobia are likely to lose the fight against HIV/AIDS and of ending any forms of discrimination against the minorities As homophobic discrimination […]

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Rwanda: My Story of Living With HIV for More Than 30 Years

KC Team I was born with HIV and more than 30 years later I am still alive! I am sharing my story to comfort people newly infected with HIV as […]

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Controversy As UCT Opens Gender Neutral Toilets

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has opened controversial gender neutral toilets on campus to serve transgender students or students who don’t want to define their sex or gender. The facilities are located […]

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Zimbabwe: Kicking HIV Out of Hibernation

The Herald [Zimbabwe] A follower of one of the many Pentecostal churches in Zimbabwe hops and runs as he makes his way to the podium. It is a cool Sunday […]

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Draft Bill Proposes Harsh Penalties Against Gays.

Whether or not Kenya will legislate against gay practice is now a subject under parliamentary consideration after a political party asked Parliament to do so. The Republican Liberty Party has […]

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Pressure on SA to Host Talks to End Gay Persecution

Rights groups are putting pressure on SA to hold an Africa-wide seminar on discrimination and violence that has been postponed several times. The gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex community demonstrate […]

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JUBILATION! UGANDA’S ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY ACT IS DEAD

Mambaonline In a landmark judgement, Uganda’s Constitutional Court ruled today that the reviled Anti-Homosexuality Act is null and void. On Friday, the court’s five justices agreed with petitioners that the […]

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Lube It Up To Ease Insertion And For Better Protection!!

Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights (CEPEHRG) will campaign to increase access, availability, and use of safe, affordable, condom-compatible lubricant by all who engage in sexual intercourse in Ghana, […]

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LGBT Activist Confronts Nigerian President During Washington Visit

BuzzFeed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Larry Downing / Reuters WASHINGTON — A gay Nigerian activist who sought asylum in the United States confronted President Goodluck Jonathan over the country’s recently […]

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Implications Of The Same –Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, 2013 On Human Rights And HIV Prevention Services In Nigeria: An Info-Graph Presentation

On the 7th of January 2014, the Nigeria President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed the same sex marriage law after the approval of the Federal House of Representative and Senate. Since […]

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Uganda: ‘We Have to Fight the Law’ – Uganda’s LGBTI Activism After the Anti-Gay Bill

Think Africa Press   Despite legislative and societal hostility, Uganda’s gay rights activists refuse to take a step back. Kampala: In a small house, tucked a few narrow alleys away […]

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International Centre for Advocacy on Rights to Health: Call for Application

The International Centre for Advocacy on Rights to Health – ICARH, an indigenous non-profit, non-governmental, sexual minority organization providing Healthcare and Human Rights Services to members of Key Affected Populations in the […]

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Africa: Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention

Voice Of America Photo: Siegfried Modola/IRIN A new series in the medical journal The Lancet says achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be possible unless the human rights of sex […]

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African Anti-Gay Laws Challenge Health Care

Voice Of America President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda are two African leaders who embrace legislation which targets the gay community. In Uganda, an anti-homosexuality […]

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South Africa: The Mountain Is Not for Gays

Ground Up [Cape Town]   For many South Africans, the practice of traditional circumcision is vital for males if they wish their community to regard them as men and no […]

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South Africa: ‘Homophobic Police Attack’ to Be Investigated

Ground Up [Cape Town]   The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) this morning confirmed that it is investigating claims of police officers dragging a gay Congolese man to a back […]

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South Africa: Lifelong ARVs for Pregnant Women, Says Health Minister

Health-e [Cape Town] Photo: Siegfried Modola/IRIN All pregnant, HIV positive women will go onto lifelong antiretroviral treatment from January, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced in his health budget vote […]

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Africa: US Ambassador Calls for LGBT Rights

Voice Of America [VOA]   The U.S. ambassador to Australia said it should not be a crime to be a member of the LGBT community. Ambassador John Berry told the […]

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Africa: UNDP Administrator Sees Stronger Role for Lawmakers in Eradicating AIDS

United Nations Development Program [New York] Melbourne, Australia — Tackling HIV requires courageous and committed policy-makers and law-makers said the UN’s development chief at the 20th International AIDS Conference. “Parliamentarians […]

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Morocco: Homosexuality Convictions Upheld – Appeals Court Applies Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Activities

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH [WASHINGTON DC] Rabat — A Moroccan appeals court on July 2, 2014, upheld the convictions of men accused of homosexual acts. At least four of the six […]

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It’s official: No more Malawi arrests under anti-gay laws

Erasing 76 Crimes Malawi has stopped arresting people for same-sex intimacy pending a review of the country’s anti-gay laws, Malawi’s justice minister told the U.N. Human Rights Committee last week. […]

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Africa: New Program Will Design HIV Drugs Specifically for Children

Voice Of America   A new initiative that focuses on developing and delivering HIV medicines to children in developing countries was recently launched in Washington DC. Medicines Patent Pool, also […]

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Nigeria: Chibok Girls – Our Hope Is Waning – Parents

Daily Trust [Nigeria] Maiduguri, Abuja and Kaduna — It is 80 days today since the abduction of over 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, but parents […]

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Homophobic Namibian fighters: What the EFF?

DailyMaverick It has been widely reported that a Namibian version of the Economic Freedom Fighters has been established. Despite denials of official links, they look like the South African fighters: […]

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South Africa: HIV Patients Revel in the One Pill a Day Age

Health-e [Cape Town] Some people living with HIV used to take as many as six antiretroviral (ARV) pills daily. More than a year after South Africa’s introduction of a three-in-one […]

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Zimbabweans Jailed in Botswana Fight Government Over ARVs Refusal

New Zimbabwe TWO HIV positive Zimbabweans jailed in Botswana have lodged a legal challenge against the Gaborone government which introduced a policy to deny foreign inmates life-saving Anti-Retroviral Drugs. The […]

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Notice: AMSHeR Health Specialist [Francophone Africa]

Johannesburg- We would like to inform you that Cyriaque Ako, Health Specialist for Francophone Africa will no longer be working with us effective 30th June 2014. We will be seeking to […]

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Notice: AMSHeR Executive Director

Johannesburg- The AMSHeR Board would like to inform all of our members, stakeholders and partners that the Executive Director, Mr Joel Gustave Nana, has left the organisation. We have appointed […]

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Namibia: A Decade of Living Positively With HIV

New Era [Namibia]   Ongwediva — A woman from Oshikoto Region, Helena Hatutale, has lived positively with HIV for the past ten years and is still going strong. The 34-year-old […]

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Zambia: Court Postpones Verdict On Two Men Accused of Having Gay Sex

Amnesty International [London] The protracted detention of two Zambian men accused of having sex is an affront to all who believe in fundamental human rights, equality and non-discrimination and they […]

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African Civil Society Organisations Commend the African Commission’s Resolution

African Civil Society Organisations Commend the African Commission’s Resolution Condemning Violence and Other Human Rights Violations Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity  African civil society organisations and human rights […]

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Exclusive: Meet Africa’s First Openly-Gay Black MP

Zakhele Mbhele, Africa’s first openly-gay black MP Mambaonline Wednesday’s swearing in of MPs for South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament was an especially historic occasion; it featured the induction of the […]

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We’re Namibia’s First Gay Married Couple: Any Questions For Us?

Ricardo Amunjera, 31 and Marc Themba, 30, the first known gay couple to be married in Namibia. Photograph: International HIV/Aids Alliance Ricardo Amunjera and Marc Themba are a happily married […]

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TIERS IDAHO Day Special

Introduction  TIERs IDAHOT day tagged “freedom of Expression” will be a showcasing selected variance of activities which would be used to depict negativity of homophobia and promotion of acceptance in […]

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Say NO to Homophobia and Transphobia – International Anti Homophobia Day

With an increased number of sexual minorities facing prosecution and intimidation, Saturday May 17th is the annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). This day has been set aside […]

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AMSHeR, African CSOs Honour Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission

16 May 2014 – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia [IDAHOT]  Geneva – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] joins the world in marking this year’s International […]

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LAMBDA’s Activities for IDAHO 2014

For the celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Lambda has scheduled some education and information activities, aiming to change negative perceptions and stigmatizing social behaviors against homosexuality and the […]

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Uganda: Alarm As Uganda Moves to Criminalize HIV Transmission

IRIN Kampala — Activists in Uganda, where HIV prevalence is on the rise, have warned that new legislation criminalizing deliberate transmission of the virus will further undermine efforts to stem […]

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Africa: Boko Haram – Nigeria, U.S., France, UK, Cameroon, Chad, Niger Meet in Paris

ThisDay Photo: Tami Hultman/AllAfrica Nigerian Army mounts rescue mission for abducted schoolgirls Interpol pledges support. In order to effectively tackle the menace of the deadly religious sect, Boko Haram, President […]

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GALZ Wins Human Rights Award!

GALZ was awarded the, 2014 AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) Human Rights, HIV and TB Award at a ceremony hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa on 16 April […]

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Resolution275: on Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their real or imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), meeting at its 55th Ordinary Session held in Luanda, Angola, from 28 April to 12 May 2014: Recalling that […]

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Museveni’s Hotel Besieged By Ugandan LGBT Activists

President speaks to background of noisy London protest Lobby of Ugandan President Against Anti-Gay Law – London, 7 May 2014 London, UK – 8 May 2014 The London hotel where […]

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Anti-Homosexuality Law in Uganda : Strong Position of the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

The position adopted by ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders directly echoes the concerns and recommendations formulated by our organisation over the adoption of this drastic legislation : In […]

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Africa: Cameroonian Gay Rights Activist Wins Top Award

DW Cameroonian lawyer and gay rights activist Alice Nkom is the winner of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Award 2014. In Berlin she visited a memorial to gays murdered under the […]

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Botswana Must Provide HIV Treatment to All Prisoners

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa [Johannesburg]   ANALYSIS In another important legal victory for human rights in Botswana, the High Court in Gaborone yesterday ordered the government to provide […]

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The Internet Is Both A Blessing And A Curse For Uganda’s LGBTI Activists

  A picture taken on Feb. 25, 2014 shows a newspaper stand with different types of Uganda’s local dailies. (Isaac Kasamanisaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images) Washington Post “Friday morning was such a […]

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Kenya: Fight Against HIV – Pre – Exposure Prophylaxis

The Star [Kenya] Some time back, the international media was flooded with reports of a baby in Mississippi who was cured of HIV. The miraculous procedure was performed by Dr. […]

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Burundi: Gabriel, Gay and Proud in Burundi

Radio Netherlands Worldwide Bujumbura — Gabriel Mujimbere fully embraces his homosexuality. Yet under Burundian Penal Code, he could face up to two years in prison and/or fines of up to […]

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Botswana High Court to Hear Critical Case on Freedom of Association

Gaborone – On 18 March 2014, the Botswana High Court in Gaborone will hear arguments in a case concerning the refusal to register an organisation; The Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of […]

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Anti-Gay Laws Are A Colonial Hangover

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Report: Socio-Political Situation of LGBT people in Ghana, 2013

Despite there being a significant number of LGBT people in Ghanaian society, Ghana continues to face challenges related to homophobia, hate crimes, and hypocrisy among its citizenry. High Profile Incidents […]

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GALZ Alert: GALZ Volunteer Youth Coordinator Charged Under P.O.S.A.

Zimbabwe Republic police on Wednesday 12 March 2014 arrested and charged Natasha Dowell, a volunteer youth coordinator with GALZ for allegedly convening a public meeting without authority from the Zimbabwe […]

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Kenya: Anti-Gay Groups in Kenya Rally to ‘Prevent Sodom’ Promoted By West

AlertNet Anti-gay groups in Kenya are campaigning to stop Western-backed “moral deviants” forcing their “unnatural behaviour” on the east African nation, The Star newspaper said on Wednesday. One of the […]

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South Africa: Scientists Explore HIV Vaccine

Photo: Hannah McNeish/IRIN South African Press Association [SAPA] A method for developing antibodies with the ability to kill multiple strains of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was announced on Monday […]

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Nigeria: Same Sex Union Crusade By the West – What Is Their Headache?

This Day [Nigeria] Few decades ago, in his utmost sincere zeal and zest towards instituting and stabilizing peace, unity and brotherliness in Nigeria, Chief Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe shot a movie […]

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Africa: Sexual and Reproductive Rights Under Threat Worldwide

The health and lives of millions of people across the globe are being threatened by government failures to guarantee their sexual and reproductive rights, Amnesty International said today as it […]

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March 7 Global Day of Action against Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Law

March 6, 2014— The Solidarity Alliance Nigeria calls on the rest of the world to join in a Global Day of Action to speak out against Nigeria’s draconian anti‐homosexuality law. […]

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The ‘Love Not Hate’ Programme Condemns The Passing Of The Anti-Homosexuality Bill In Uganda And Calls For Further Constructive Engagement

Six South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) non-governmental organisations (NGOs) hereby again strongly condemn the passing of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, signed into law on 24 February […]

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The Conundrum of Yoweri Museveni and South Africa’s Silence

eNCA OPINION Like many of post-colonial Africa’s leaders, Yoweri Museveni is a bit of a contradiction, a conundrum. For a man who fought valiantly to end Idi Amin’s bloodthirsty reign, […]

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Gay Rights: It’s Everyone’s Issue

Daily Maverick [South Africa] Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr’s words, in a letter he had written out of Birmingham Jail on 16 April 1963, to people who had felt that […]

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GALZ Update On The Magistrates Court Ruling

GALZ welcomes the court ruling delivered today by Magistrate Don Ndirowei with respect to a charge of contravening Section 6 (1) (3) of the Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) Act Chapter […]

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The Question of Corruption and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

President Museveni’s speech[1] in Entebbe on Monday, 26 November 2012 to development partners under the auspices of Partners for Democracy and Governance [PDG] made for quite an interesting read for […]

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SA Must Condemn Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the announcement by the South African government that it will seek information from capitals around the world on the protection of […]

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Uganda Opposition: Homosexuality is not ‘foreign’

News24 Kampala – Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Wednesday criticised tough new anti-gay laws, saying that homosexuality was not “foreign” and that the issue was being used to divert […]

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The ‘Love Not Hate’ Programme Condemns The Passing Of The Anti-Homosexuality Bill In Uganda

Six South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have condemned the passing of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, signed into law on 24 February 2014 by […]

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No special comment needed’ on Ugandan Law Criminalising Homosexuality – Pandor

City Press [South Africa] South Africa’s position on gay and lesbian rights are unchanged, but government will not comment on Uganda’s new legislation criminalising homosexuality, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor […]

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ANC Blocks Motion Condemning Uganda Anti-Gay Bill

Mambaonline.com The DA says that the ANC blocked its motion in Parliament on Tuesday to condemn the Anti-Homosexuality Bill signed into law by Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni on Monday. According […]

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Uganda: Museveni Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

AllAfrica.com Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has signed the country’s anti-gay bill into law, rejecting protests issued by leaders ranging from President Barack Obama to retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu. […]

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Cote d’Ivoire: Gay Organisation Attacked By Rioters

AllAfrica.com Activists are warning of devastating consequences as a homophobic trend towards violence and criminalisation of gay people is increasing in many countries around the world. On 27 January, nearly […]

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PE Gay Wedding Photo Sparks Hate Backlash

The angry public response to a front page photo of a Valentine’s Day gay wedding reflects how far LGBT people still have to go to be accepted in South Africa. […]

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African Gay Love – A Year Later

Mambaonline.com When audit manager Tshepo Cameron Modisane and IT specialist Thoba Calvin Sithole married in a gay “traditional” African wedding ceremony in April last year they unleashed waves of celebration and […]

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Desmond Tutu Condemns Uganda’s Proposed New Anti-gay Law

Retired archbishop accuses president of breaking promise in reconsidering law extending penalties against homosexuality The Guardian Archbishop Desmond Tutu has condemned Uganda‘s proposed law against homosexuality, saying there is no […]

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AMSHeR Celebrates Dr Paul Semugoma’s Release and Commends the Solidarity of Allies and Partners!

[Johannesburg] – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] celebrates the release of Ugandan HIV/AIDS gay rights activist, and AMSHeR Board member, Dr. Paul Semugoma. We commend the […]

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Chimamanda Adichie: Why can’t he just be like everyone else?

I will call him Sochukwuma. A thin, smiling boy who liked to play with us girls at the university primary school in Nsukka. We were young. We knew he was […]

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Nigeria Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act: Global Day of Action

On the 14th of January 2014, the world woke up to the shocking news that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had assented to the Same […]

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Surviving Zimbabwe’s Anti-gay Laws

NewsDay [Zimbabwe] BULAWAYO — Matthew Jacobs (not real name) has been married for two years, but his wife doesn’t know that he is also in a relationship with someone else. […]

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Frank Mugisha: ‘Homophobia is not African. It’s imported’

The Independent [UK] If Uganda’s President decides to sign what has been dubbed the world’s worst anti-gay bill this week, there will be international ructions. But for one of the […]

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GALZ Statement on the Court Judgement of Ricky Nathanson

We welcome the acquittal of Ricky Nathanson on a charge of “Criminal Nuisance” on Tuesday 4 February by a Bulawayo Magistrate. The unfortunate arrest of Ricky and the subsequent judgement […]

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Africa: Pepfar Pumps U.S $ 210 Million in Africa

THE United States through its President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has set aside US $210 million for the Accelerated Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) for children living with HIV […]

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Exclusive Interview With Davis Mac-Iyalla, the Nigerian LGBT Rights Activist Fighting to Redefine Religion

Udoka Okafor: Tell me a little bit about yourself, your likes, your dislikes, your philosophies, and your early life. Davis Mac-Iyalla: I am a kind and honest person. I like swimming and […]

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Why Gays Are Suing Kenya’s Government?

Kenya has refused to allow an LGBTI group to register its existence legally. But does this denial breach gay, bi, trans and intersex people’s constitutional rights? On Wednesday (30 October), […]

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Movember: Your Prostate’s Health

Mambaonline This Movember don’t only grow your moustache in support of men’s health (that’s the easy part) but also make sure you get your prostate checked out – especially if you’re […]

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Malawi High Court to Review Sodomy Laws

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa [Johannesburg] In a surprising – and potentially game-changing – step, the Malawi High Court has decided to review the constitutionality of the country’s ‘sodomy’ […]

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SEXUAL CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS: BREAKING THE VEIL OF SILENCE

The human rights movement in Nigeria has undergone a lot of changes in the past few decades.  These can be attributed to the evolution and understanding of the language of […]

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Uganda: ‘Call Me Kuchu’ Goes to Hollywood

The Independat [Kampala] Filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright joined Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha for a panel discussion at the premiere. Backed by a partnership between the David […]

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Dr. Kaseba – Sata’s statement – Opportunity Lost

On the evening of November 5th, 2013, Dr. Christine Kaseba – Sata made an earth shattering statement on the need for dialogue on the status of men who have sex […]

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AMSHeR Press Conference at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa [ICASA]

African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] Press Conference – 17th Edition ICASA 2013 [Johannesburg] – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] will be holding a press […]

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Message from the Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana [CEPEHRG] on the 2013 World Aids Day Celebration

Greetings to you ladies and gentlemen; this journey started in the year 2004 when there was high level of stigma and discrimination against marginalized population or people such as sex […]

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AMSHeR Commemorates World AIDS Day

Cape Town – African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] joins the international community in celebrating World Aids Day. According to this year’s Global Report from the Joint United Nations […]

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Key Populations Engagement with Global Health Financing Institutions: A Rapid Review.

In 2014-15, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) conducted a preliminary survey of African key populations’ engagement in the Global Fund New Funding Model. Since then, many more Global Fund grants have been completed and signed, and PEPFAR has also significantly expanded its consultation with key populations representatives. This report builds on and expands the first survey to examine African key populations’ engagement with both major health financing institutions and UNAIDS during 2014-16. The study draws on a survey of 99 respondents from 25 African states including North Africa, as well as a focus group, in-person and telephone interviews with key populations representatives in Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Jointly published by the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR], African Sex Worker Alliance [ASWA], Gender DynamiX and TransBantu Association Zambia

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Annual Report – 2015

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) coalition Annual Report 2015. As an organisation, we have been through challenging times recently but in 2015 we regained our position as a strong and very important partner in the lives of gay men and other MSM across the African continent.

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Understanding Sexuality, Human Rights and HIV: A Guide on rights

The purpose of this booklet is to provide an easily accessible, concise, simple and understandable document intended to provide information to policy-makers, public decision-makers and parliamentarians, while also serving as an advocacy tool. The booklet offers brief, educational information on sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity, human rights & HIV with a primary focus on MSM and LGBTI persons.

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An Advocacy Guide for Policy Change Around MSM Health

Based on the UTETEZI Project curriculum, Advocacy for Improved Access to Services for MSM: A Workshop Curriculum for a Multi-Stakeholder Policy Advocacy Project, this advocacy for policy change guide is designed for use by MSM (men who have sex with men) groups, community-based organizations (CBOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and individuals working in HIV and MSM health to help them advocate regionally, nationally, and locally for improved HIV and health-related MSM policies. In particular, this guide can serve as an important tool for CSOs working on MSM issues in hostile legal environments.

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Key Populations’ Experience Within the Global Fund’s New Funding Model In Sub-Saharan Africa

This report shares the results of a survey, carried out by AMSHeR in 13 African countries in February 2015, on inclusion of people living with HIV (PLHIV), men-having-sex-with men (MSM), and sex workers in the first year for the Global Fund’s New Funding Model.

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The MSM Health Scorecard Nigeria

The MSM Health Scorecard is a tool developed by AMSHeR, with the technical support of AIDS Accountability International; the tool includes relevant country level indicators that help monitor accountability of governments, civil society organizations or funding partners in improving the health of MSM. The Scorecards form part of the MSM Health Advocacy

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Carte Score Sur La Santé Des Hsh Cote D’Ivore

La santé Carte Score MSM est un outil développé par AMSHeR , avec l’appui technique de la responsabilité internationale sur le sida ; l’outil comprend des indicateurs au niveau des pays concernés visant à surveiller la responsabilité des gouvernements , des organisations de la société civile ou des partenaires de financement dans l’amélioration de la santé des HSH . Les Carte Scores font partie du plaidoyer MSM Santé 

 

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The MSM Health Scorecard Kenya

The MSM Health Scorecard is a tool developed by AMSHeR, with the technical support of AIDS Accountability International; the tool includes relevant country level indicators that help monitor accountability of governments, civil society organizations or funding partners in improving the health of MSM. The Scorecards form part of the MSM Health Advocacy

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Reflections On Sexuality and Equality in Africa Volume 1

The Reflections series aims to encourage the voices of African students, scholars, researchers, professionals and activists to emerge and to co-create the Africa-specific discourse on sexuality, sexual rights, gender identity and gender expression, as it is richly embedded in the lives and experiences of all of us.

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Violence : Based-on-Perceived-or-Real-Sexual-Orientation

Despite states’ obligation to respect non-discrimination and the equality of all persons, the state of the rights of LGBTI individuals in Africa in recent years has been dismal. Outright display of homophobia and transphobia manifested through outrageous acts of violence against individuals on account of their real or perceived SOGI has continued to rise to alarming levels.

 

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Policy Analysis and Advocacy Decision Model for HIV Related Services

Primary Goal and Content of Decision Model The Decision Model provides country stakeholders—such as advocates, policymakers, and service providers—with tools to inventory, assess, and advocate for policies that affect access to and sustainability of key services for males who have sex with males (MSM), transgender (TG) people, and sex workers (SWs). The model maps service-specific policies to international human rights frameworks to identify needs and opportunities for policy advocacy that will help improve access to services, even while broader, long-term human rights initiatives are implemented.

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MSM in sub-saharan africa: health, access, & HIV

In Sub-Saharan Africa, available data show that men who have sex with men (MSM) face high HIV prevalence and incidence. In most countries with reliable data, HIV prevalence among MSM is either greater than or nearly equal to prevalence in the general population. Examining the region as a whole, aggregate HIV prevalence among MSM is more than three times that of the general population.

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