Hivos has a long and remarkable history in the field of Gender and Sexual Rights. We were one of the first organisations that campaigned for sexual rights, including lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersexuals (LGBTIs), but also men who have sex with men (MSM) without considering themselves homosexual. In the field of women’s rights, we have been supporting women all over the world to organise and become a countervailing power in their societies. In both domains, we seek new ways to bring about change in people’s mindsets. Knowledge generation has been one of our strategies to constantly work at the forefront of developments.
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We have brought together activists, academics and social change practitioners from all over the world, and partnered with knowledge institutions at the global, national and local level. For instance, Hivos and partners organised the second edition of the African Same-Sex Sexualities and Gender Diversity Conference, bringing together 60 activists and academics, which published “Boldly Queer – African perspectives on Same-Sex Sexualities and Gender Diversity”. The book, edited and funded by Hivos, is a colorful collection of African narratives on same-sex sexualities through stories, essays, articles and photography written by African scholars, journalists and activists.
Women’s Rights Activism
More recent knowledge work on gender issues originates from our Women on the Frontline programme. It aims for the full and equal participation of women in the Middle East and North Africa by strengthening women’s organisations in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia. Among others, the programme has produced a storytelling toolkit for women’s rights activists and is undertaking research on the role of women’s organisations in the prevention of violent extremism.
For these and more insights on gender, sexual rights and diversity, do browse through this dossier!