Hivos International


Hivos believes that all women and girls should have control over their lives and be able to actively participate in social, political and economic spheres, so we work tirelessly with various human rights instruments in support of communities’ and countries’ efforts towards gender equality. 

Munya (23) works as a street vendor, selling perfumes and deodorant in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. After his first-ever relationship broke up, he found out he was HIV-positive. It was thanks to Hivos that Munya was able to access testing and treatment. On World Aids Day, he overcomes his somewhat shy nature to tell us his personal story.

The Shelter Me project is a unique initiative in the Gulf region, in which and Hivos collaborate to improve the employment relationship between employers and their domestic workers. Part of our approach is to work with international businesses to develop a Code of Conduct to support and guide their staff in developing a healthy and professional relationship with their domestic workers.

Creative photography usually has some mystery surrounding it. From the infusion of creative composition to media techniques, it does create an illusion of some sorts.

The mastery of this new form of art is what inspired Hivos East Africa to join the global 16 days of activism campaign through its photo series dubbed: #InHerShoes. These powerful images modelled by the hub’s own staff depict the real stories of women facing different forms of abuse in the region.

Trauma Healing Module

Healing from the trauma of sexual violence is not easy, especially when it stays with one for years. The healing efforts are done mainly by the individual, who in most cases needs help from others. For this reason, a manual for counselors helping sexual violence survivors in Timor Leste has been written by Theresia Sri Endras Iswarini, Manuela Leong Pereira, Johana Paula Shinta Dewi, and Dalia Maria das Regras, with the support of Hivos Southeast Asia.

On 26 November 2015, Hivos and Fairfood gathered Dutch stakeholders from the agro-food sector to develop and experiment with innovative solutions for living wages in their supply chains.

November 25, 2016 marks the beginning of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, an international campaign which commences on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov 25) and concludes on International Human Rights Day (Dec 10).


MEMORIA is a 35 minutes-long short film based on a true story in Timor Leste directed by Kamila Andini and produced by Hivos Southeast Asia and Treewater.  Most of the actors are non-professionals and also survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Timor Leste, such as sexual violence during the 1975-1999 conflict with Indonesia and domestic violence. 

Before COP22, Hivos stated that this year’s Climate Conference needed to integrate the discussion on SDG7 (Energy Access for All) with countries’ climate commitments and climate finance.

It is with relief that Hivos learned that professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, the first UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), can continue to fulfill his task.

The position of Independent Expert on SOGI was created earlier this year by the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Muntarbhorn’s mandate is to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide and to investigate the violence and discrimination against them.