Rights & Citizenship

Citizen action is crucial for the advancement of democracy, citizenship and human rights  across the world. The Hivos Rights and Citizenship programme invests in civil society initiatives for democratic change, LGBT rights, women’s rights and HIV/AIDS. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of civil society and critical citizens to take steady and effective political action that leads to a more open, democratic and just society. Read more.

Key Focal Areas

  • Hivos has been active in the West Asia region since 2004, identifying and supporting civil society initiatives in Iran, Iraq and Syria, often in cooperation with activists and organisations from ot

  • The Hivos Rights and Citizenship programme invests 16 million euros annually in programmes and partners that promote democratic change.

  • The Hivos Rights and Citizenship programme invests 11 million euros annually in programmes and partners that are halting the ongoing spread of HIV.

  • LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Rights has been part of Hivos’ Rights and Citizenship programme since the 1990s and consists of financial support, knowledge exchanges and policy advocacy

  • The Hivos Rights and Citizenship programme invests over nine million euros annually in innovative programmes and partners that promote women’s empowerment and advance women’s rights, including sexu