AMSHeR is a Pan-African coalition of MSM and LGBT-led organisations, working to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and to advance access to quality health services for MSM/LGBT in Africa. As an advocacy and capacity strengthening organisation AMSHeR provides a platform for exchange and learning among MSM/LGBT community-based organisations, human rights and HIV service organisations, and other agencies working with and for MSM/LGBT organisations.
In addition to bringing about visibility and addressing human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and barriers to access quality health services, AMSHeR advocates for increased resources, community leadership and strengthening of community structures and capacity to address these issues. AMSHeR and its membership engages in advocacy at national, continental and global levels on legal and policy reform human rights accountability and service delivery.
Through advocacy and capacity strengthening, AMSHeR promotes non-discrimination, particularly discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and advances access to quality health services for MSM/LGBT individuals in Africa.
AMSHeR works towards achieving its mission of “a healthy and empowered LGBT community in Africa and human rights for all”.
AMSHeR’s work is based on three main strategic objectives, which are:
- Improved policy framework guaranteeing access to quality health services for MSM/LGBT individuals in Africa
- Improved response to stigma, discrimination and violations based on sexuality and gender in Africa
- Strengthened capacity of AMSHeR [Secretariat and membership] for sustainability in governance, advocacy and service-delivery