Sensitization of SOGIESC matters

Short summary

Many countries in Africa and Asia still have in place punitive laws and policies that  decriminalize consensual same-sex intimacy between adults. These laws have since been used discriminatively against LGBTQIA+ persons around the world resulting in  stigma, discrimination, exclusion and human rights violations on a regular basis. The existence of these laws have since created numerous barriers for LGBTQIA+ persons in various aspects such as limiting their constitutional right to enjoy their freedoms and rights as well as subject LGBTQIA+ persons to various forms of violence. We can support partners in the RHRN2 programme to better understand and work more sensitized towards diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.

What capacity strengthening support can we provide on this topic?

We can capacity build  partners in the RHRN2 programme by enhancing their understanding of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. The need to respect, protect and promote human rights: equality and non-discrimination for all. It is still considered a taboo topic in several countries which limits the space to have dialogue about this. We can capacity build  coalition partners in the RHRN II program through:

  1. Formulating sensitization workshop and orientation sessions on the needs to uphold the rights of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics, 
  2. Facilitate discussions alongside toolkits to measure SOGIESC inclusiveness within organizations, our advocacy, and programming.
  3. Provide interactive spaces and develop dialogues to exchange experiences between SOGIESC communities and partners in the RHRN2 programme. The approach used is building sensitization through personal narratives and creative engagements and open dialogue.

What could the CS look like?

Depending on needs the offer can be a  combination of, but not limited to:

  • Technical advice (e.g. on how to integrate SOGIE-SC issues, how to talk about SOCIE-SC matters for journalists, advocates, young writers within our organization).
  • Value Clarification and Attitudes Transformation (VCAT) on exploring the process of attitudes and stereotypes formation to SOGIE-SC matters and LGBTQIA+ persons, Interrogate how these attitudes and stereotypes impact young people’s SRHR and gain better understanding of gender and sexual diversity concepts and human rights issues.
  • Sharing resources on diverse SOGIE-SC; literature, research findings, toolkits, opinion pieces.
  • Enabling dialogues with diverse SOGIE-SC communities.
  • Work practically to challenge SOGIE-SC-related stigma and discrimination, and develop new codes for inclusive advocacy and programming, particularly in the domain of SRHR.

 What tools are available?

  • Workshop module on sensitization of diverse SOGIESC matters. 

 What languages can this CS support be provided in?

  • English and French 

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