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Today, on September 22, websites of international NGOs and regional and local organizations all over the world are turning their home pages blank. So is Hivos. We are protesting against the oppression of active citizens and organizations who want their voices to be heard, who want to gather or...

We are proud to present our 2016 global Annual Report. It describes what we achieved with our partners in 2016 through programmes and projects that aim to make our societies greener and more open.

Citizen agency...

Photo Putra Kurniawan/EyeEm/Getty Images via The Guardian

At the beginning of April, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a report in which senior government sources confirmed the mass...

Nairobi, Friday 9, 2016… Hivos East Africa in conjunction with Oxfam Novib today launched a programme in the lead up to International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on 10 December to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Events around the world at this...

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...

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...

It took commitment and tenacity, but last week the Ugandan organisation Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) celebrated an important legal victory by winning a case they had filed in January 2009. The ruling of the court in favour of HRAPF is another step in breaking down...

The age of consent in terms of accessing sexual reproductive health (SRH) services such as contraceptives and HIV counselling and testing is not provided for in laws and policies in the majority of countries in Southern Africa.

This has created barriers for young people to access SHR...

The Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Fund, established by Hivos and the Ford Foundation, is a regional fund committed to supporting initiatives that establish, protect and advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for all people living in Southern Africa, especially women...

Every day, over 200,000 women become pregnant unintentionally in the world. The vast majority of them belong to low-income and marginalised groups in countries where ending pregnancy is illegal.

In Tanzania, reports indicate that about 18 percent of maternal deaths are due to unsafe...

The police raid of a Uganda Pride 2016 event on 4 August has led us to reflect on this question; is it wrong to do the RIGHT thing?

Uganda Pride, held annually since 2012 by Uganda’s LGBTI community with little incident, was marred this year by a police raid, incidents of...

First of all, we would like to congratulate the organisers of the International AIDS Conference that took place in Durban, South Africa, from the 18 to 22 July, 2016. Thanks to their work, and the massive participation of civil society organisations, policy-makers, scientist and governments, the...

Photo: Gabriela Melgar

Hivos and its partners will be out in force at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa from 18 to 22 July. The theme of the conference is Access Equity Rights Now”. It will bring together more than 20,000 experts, policy-makers and activists from all...

After years of intense debates, the Human Rights Council adopted the historical resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”, including the mandate to appoint an Independent Expert. This represents a huge breakthrough in the...

Less than a year ago, the White House was lit up in all colors of the rainbow to celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the US....

Where would you go if you wanted to link up with people working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Southern Africa?

For many years, Hivos has been working on SRHR issues, with a strong focus on people’s rights to (bodily) self-determination, freedom of choice and...

Photo: Capacitación y Derechos Humanos (CDC)

“¿Cómo te llamas?” is a powerful question, laden with deeper meanings. It is Spanish for “What’s your name?”, which is straightforward enough. Yet more literally, it means “How do you name yourself?” It is not every day that people win the right to rename themselves, their gender and...

Hivos Southern Africa is currently managing a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) programme with a budget of US $11.4 million titled ‘Key Populations: Representation, Evidence and Attitude Change for Health Impact’ (KP REACH). ...

Today marks International Women’s Day, an excellent opportunity to celebrate the work of our partner civil society organisations that promote women’s rights.

Around the world, men and women are openly challenging situations that impede women’s equal position in society. Hivos’...

Hivos Southern Africa today joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, whose 2016 theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, by drawing attention to our Sexual Reproductive Health Rights programme in Southern Africa that aims to raise the profile...

‘The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might, a 25-minute film produced by BabibutaFilm and Hivos Southeast Asia, has won a prestigious award at the Indonesia Film Festival (FFI) 2015 for best short film. It was directed by talented young director Lucky Kuswandi, who has received nominations at the Hong...

What challenges do we predict for the future of civil society? How do we present the continuity of the work of civic organizations? These were the questions guiding the seminar held by Hivos in South America, which brought representatives of various partner organizations working in the region...

International companies increasingly recognise the value of inclusive workplaces, where employees feel safe and respected regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The study “Colourful Workplaces? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusive Multinational...

After nearly three years of open global consultations, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) were adopted by UN member states at a special summit convened at the UN headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 September during the annual meeting of the annual United Nations General...

August 22 was the official launch of #VIHINFOgt, a hackathon that aims to use the data and tech revolution to open up information about the healthcare sector in Guatemala.

Hivos, TEC and CES/UVG came together to launch the initiative and promote transparency and access to information on...

An inclusive, transparent and participatory consultation process in Bolivia  prepared the country proposal for the Global Fund funding to fight HIV / AIDS.

The Global Fund has changed its funding model to increase its impact, and one of the eligibility requirements of the new funding...

Hivos has officially released the publication Boldly Queer: African Perspectives on Same-sex Sexuality and Gender Diversity. The book is a rich collection of articles, essays, stories and photographs that highlight a growing understanding of LGBT rights struggles and realities on the...

Nominations for the Human Rights Tulip 2015 are now open.

The Human Rights Tulip is an award given by the Dutch government. Every year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs awards the Human Rights Tulip to a human rights defender who promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways. Hivos...

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has selected Hivos as a preferred organisation to provide Technical Assistance (TA) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). TA aims to ensure that all those who are affected by the three diseases play a meaningful role in GFATM...

Hivos has received an award for its contribution to the fight for LGBT rights in Bolivia. Hivos received this award on 29 April 2015 during the Iguales ante la Ley” (Equal before the Law) Awards ceremony...

In April 2013, Hivos announced a new strategic direction for after 2015 that would involve thoroughly re-examining Hivos’ strategy and equipping the organisation for a more uncertain environment.

Time for change

Over the past decades, Hivos and local civil society...

The now controversial Kenyan film ‘Stories of our Lives’ by Hivos partner The Nest premiered in the Netherlands to large, enthusiastic audiences at the Roze Filmdagen (Pink Film Days...

Changing the World One Story at a Time

Eight-year-old Maria Elena del Valle went on a red string strike. She was angry about having to do all the household chores while her older brother got away with leaving their home a mess every day. She proposed to divide in two every space...

On 30 January 2015, Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Liliane Ploumen announced her strategic partners for advocacy and policy influencing during the period 2016-2020. Hivos is pleased to be involved in two of the 25 partnerships selected for the new ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ programme of...

The 11th International Summer School on Pluralism, Development and Social Change

From 6 - 21 December 2014, young activists and academics from South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Kenya are meeting at the 11th International Summer School on...

Batik of Ugandan Women

 

“When I look at this room it brings me joy, happiness

and my heart beats fast when I look at it,

but then you came into that room.

You destroyed everything you...

Every year, the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs awards the Human Rights Tulip to a human rights defender who promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways.

The nomination round yielded almost 160 nominees from more than 50 countries. Out of these 160, 30 candidates went on to...

Free to be Me is the name of Hivos’ 2014 campaign to bring the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LHBTI) people worldwide to the attention of the Dutch public. At issue is the freedom and the right to be who you are and to love who you want. As part of this...

We invite you to get to know the work the Hivos regional office in South America has been doing within what we call the ‘Open Society’ track. Our new beautifully illustrated digital booklet,...
Five years ago the number of openly LGBTI individuals elected and in government positions in Latin America and the Caribbean could be counted on one hand. Today, there are over 70. These leaders are on the forefront in the fight for equality. From the 4th of September, their experiences will...
Zak Mbhele

In May this year, a former Hivos employee, South African politician and activist, Zak Mbhele made history by becoming Africa’s first black openly gay Member of Parliament.

Mbhele first came into contact with Hivos in 2007 as a student at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in...

Lame Charmaine Olebile from Botswana joined Hivos on the "Wanted for Love' boat during the Amsterdam Gay Pride in 2013. Now, she looks back on an eventful year for the African LGBT movement. A movement that, despite serious setbacks - such as the introduction of draconian anti-gay laws in...

On August 1, 2014 the Constitutional Court of Uganda declared the notorious Anti-Homosexuality law that was passed in February to be ‘null and void’. According to the court, the way this law was adopted was in violation of the Ugandan Constitution. This ruling is a major victory for the...

Hivos responds with utter disbelief and bewilderment to the scale of the disaster surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down by surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. It is still difficult to make sense of what happened.

Our thoughts...

On 7 July, the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues narrative contest started being announced, including the winners of the Grand Prize, second and third places. One winner will be announced each day on the...

Hivos is excited about the launch of the report by Justice for Iran (JFI) and 6Rang on torture in the name of treatment in Iran. This pioneering report highlights the shocking results of Iran’s current policies on homosexuality and transsexuality. It states that Iran must stop imposing...

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is fighting fierce conservative opposition to allow abortion for women and girls who have been raped, who are carrying non-viable fetuses or facing life-threatening pregnancy complications. 

Hivos considers control over one’s sexual and reproductive...

Since 2006, Hivos has been one of the civil society Principal Recipients (PR) of funding from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the main worldwide public private partnership on health. Hivos has used this funding to implement a programme in Costa Rica and is currently...

“Medical abortion can safely and effectively be provided by midlevel healthcare personnel and administered by women themselves when they are provided with the accurate information.” These are the outcomes of the ...

For ten years, Hivos partner WADI has been campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iraqi Kurdistan. Director Thomas von der Osten-Sacken finds that communities are slowly but surely turning away from this degrading tradition. 

Not an 'African problem'...

May 17 marked the ninth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), celebrated in many countries around the world. But is there a reason to celebrate in Central America?

Yes, although there are more reasons in some countries than in others.

Unlike 10 years...

Update 12 May, 2014: Two LGBT Ugandans who were scheduled to face formal charges of "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" were granted bail on the day their trial was to take place, for the first time since they were arrested in January. The trial, the first in the country's history...

Ugandan activist Richard Lusimbo

Richard Lusimbo is eloquent, smart and a very sharp dresser.  He counters the conventional laid-back activist , with trademark suits. Activism is his business.   In February this year, Richard was ‘outed’ and name as Uganda’s ‘top homosexual’ by a tabloid newspaper in his home country,...

“Unicornio” is the name of the new movie directed by the Bolivian filmmaker Rodrigo Bellot. The 30-minute drama, supported by the Hivos regional office in South America, is inspired by a true story about a 25-year-old gay member of the Mennonite community in Bolivia, a Christian group based...

On 9 March 2014, the safe abortion documentary “Vessel”, directed and produced by Diana Whitten, premiered at the international South by South West Music Conference and Film Festival (SXSW Film...

From 3 to 6 March, the three directors of the Global Fund programmes implemented by Hivos visited our Head Office in The Hague: Claudia Cardozo (Bolivia), Patricia Rivera (Guatemala) and Loyd Norella (ISEAN).  As one of the Principal Recipients for civil society of the Global Fund (GF), Hivos is...

If you are under 25, live somewhere around the world and have something to say about HIV/AIDS,  sexuality, violence against girls or women, or drugs, alcohol and sex, we encourage you  to participate in the Global Dialogues 2014 contest, supported by Hivos.

“It’s because I have something...

On February 24, 2014, President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Law: a disaster for LGBT people in Uganda. How should the fight against this draconian law be continued? And what can the Dutch government do about this?

Brave Ugandan activists are fighting on...

Masked members of Kenya's LGBTI community

‘I had no choice. It was either my family or career and so we went to the ATM close by and I gave them $230 which was in my account. By now I was afraid and shaking.’  A Kenyan victim of blackmailers who target the country’s gay community.

Being a member of the LGBTI community across...

On 24 February, the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the controversial anti-homosexuality bill into law. This is a disaster for the rights of Ugandan gays and lesbians. Thanks to the new law, LGBT people now risk life imprisonment if they are caught performing "homosexual acts."

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The worst case scenario for the rights of gay men and lesbians in Uganda is unfolding before the eyes of the world. Despite strong international opposition, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will most likely sign the dreaded anti-homosexuality bill into law. Once he does that, LGBT people in...

On 28 and 29 January 2014, the annual International Human Rights Funders Conference was held in San Francisco. The conference brings together major, global funders of Human Rights work, including Hivos, to stimulate discussion and the possibility for joint standpoints on pressing human rights...

Since 2011, Hivos has been one of the Principal Recipients in the implementation of a three-year program to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS to coordinate prevention, treatment and care.  Recently, the Global Fund Board approved the implementation of the national HIV program in Guatemala for three...

Hivos is appalled at the Ugandan parliament’s abrupt decision to rush through anti-homosexuality legislation Friday morning and calls on President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the Bill.

In a country where anyone found guilty of "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" already faced...

Young women in Nairobi at the Serious Request event

A section of the Kenyan capital Nairobi will be awash with the colour pink as the 2013 Serious Request events take place.  Under the shadow of one of the city’s landmarks, the message of girls’ empowerment will be trumpeted through the airwaves of partner station Ghetto Radio, and through music...

The Indian Supreme Court has reversed a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts.

With this ruling, a 153-year-old colonial-era law, Section 377 of the Indian penal code, is reinstated. Section 377 defines homosexuality as ‘against the...

Seventeen Hivos partners  from the East Africa region working in the HIV/AIDS sector convened in Nairobi to discuss the region’s current response to the epidemic.  The two-day meeting was held on 15  and 16 October and drew policymakers and members of the civil society organisations from Uganda...

“Before I left Honduras, we suffered one or two assaults a week. Sometimes they were not assaults, but acts of intimidation so we would stop our activities. I received several threatening phone calls. They told us we were being watched, they knew what time we left the office, where we lived,...

African LGBTI banner

In economic  terms, Africa is described as a rising continent. However in social terms, 38 African countries have laws that impose criminal sanctions for consensual same-sex conduct.  These legal provisions are also used by police and other authorities against transgender individuals.

But...

The first four-year phase of the Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Fund (FED) has finalized, during which time it supported over 75 civil society organizations, trained 700 people, held 15 workshops, carried out 29 research projects and...

Hivos+HRW boat

Amsterdam was under the sway of its annual Gay Pride parade in the first week of August.This was also the week when the Hivos ‘Wanted For Love’ campaign reached its finale. From 17 May to 4 August 2013, Human...

Kenya participants to the Global Dialogues story-creation contest.

Kenyan youth activists working on HIV/Aids, LGBTI, reproductive health and youth matters convened in Nairobi for the first forum under the auspices of the Global Dialogues ‘Connecting Voices of Youth’ programme.

The July 25 meeting brought together 180 participants from more than 40 Civil...

The issue of whether abortion should be legalized has taken over the public sphere in South America, with the pregnancies of adolescent rape victims fuelling the debate. In Bolivia, for example, four ministers of the Evo Morales government have come out publicly in favor of decriminalizing...

“I’m a professional, religious, a mother, and I live with HIV"

“I’m a professional, religious, a mother, and I live with HIV”, says the ad with the photo of a 42 year-old women. Her name is Iris López, and she is the coordinator of the National Aids Commission in Guatemala (CONASIDA). From her position – over the last couple of years - she has become the...

Rainbow flag gay pride

Hivos partner Uhai EASHRI played host to activists from the sex worker and LGBTI movements in the East Africa region during the fourth ‘Changing Faces Changing Spaces’ (CFCS) regional conference. The three-day meeting held in the beautiful Rift Valley area of Kenya brought together over 200...

One of Bolivia’s sex workers organizations, Organización de Trabajadoras Nocturnas (OTN), has called for the legalization of sex work in Bolivia and for sex workers to be granted retirement benefits and health insurance. A bill on the...

On 1 September 2013, Edwin Huizing will become the new executive director of Hivos. He will succeed Manuela Monteiro, who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past decade.

Jan Ernst de Groot, chairman of the supervisory board of Hivos, says "We are pleased to welcome Edwin...

4 participants at the meeting

Civil society Principal Recipients who manage grants from the Global Fund in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean met for the first time in Mexico City from 22 to 24 May. The meeting was organised by Hivos and UNAIDS in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Mexico, FUNSALUD and the...

With deep sadness Hivos learned about the passing away of Shivananda Khan, founder of Naz Foundation International (NFI) and APCOM, the Asia-Pacific Coalition on male sexual health. Shiv was one of the great leaders in the fight against HIV and Aids among MSM and transgender communities. In his...

On May 10, 2013, three transsexuals were beaten by a group of taxi drivers in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Two managed to escape, but ‘Gabriela’ was violently assaulted. Police officers refused to help the victims after the attack. 

The regional office of Hivos in South America condemns this...

Couple kissing

In more than 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is still considered illegal, at times involving lifetime imprisonment, and in nine countries it is even punishable by death. In many more countries still, social homophobia and...

Filming

Although youth make up a disproportionately high percentage of those infected by HIV/Aids worldwide, their perspectives and experiences regarding sexuality, sexual diversity and HIV/Aids remain largely unknown. As a result, youth seldom take central stage in...

The authorities in Brazil have ruled that marriage licences should not be denied to same-sex couples. Brazil's top judicial panel has authorized notaries to begin approving same-sex marriages nationwide. ...

Open and Green

An innovative approach to bring 'state' and 'street' closer together

Persistent global problems such as growing social inequality, corrupt, incompetent governments and energy scarcity in poor and emerging countries demand a new approach. Hivos therefore feels that now more than ever is...

Detention cells in Zambia

Zambian gay activist Paul Kasonkomona was arrested last Sunday following an appearance on a television talk show in which he expressed support for the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people. Kasonkomona was charged under section 178(g) of the Zambian Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of...

Homophobia in South America is manifested on a daily basis through various forms of exclusion, invisibility and rejection of sexual orientation and gender identity. On April 4, the city of Sucre, the capital of Bolivia, was the scene of an irrational act against sexual and gender diversity....

Courtesty of None on Record

With Uganda grabbing the headlines for its strong anti-homosexual stance, the establishment of a regional presence of None on Record (NOR), could not come at a more interesting time.

None on Record is a digital media project that collects the stories...

Stop FGM campaign poster

Press Release - The Hague and Suleimania,

Currently one hundred and forty million girls and women are estimated to have undergone a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure. On the 6th of February, which was introduced by the United Nations as The International Day of...

Imam Muhsin Hendricks' acceptance speech

Imam Mushin Hendricks, from South African Hivos partner The Inner Circle, has been awarded the Bob Angelo Award given out annually by the Dutch LGBT federation, COC.

The 2013 COC Bob Angelo medals were awarded on January 27th to Imam Muhsin Hendricks and to the Dutch transgender movement...

Sexual diversity calendar 2013 - January

Photographers and writers from six Latin American countries have used their talent to celebrate the freedom of men and women to live according to the sexual orientation and gender identity of their choice. Their efforts resulted in the "2013 Calendar of Sexual and Gender Diversity" (Calendario...

Key Focal Areas

  • Hivos started working on HIV in the early 90’s, approaching the epidemic with a broad development and human rights perspective.

  • Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services can be extremely challenging in low-and-middle-income countries.

  • Inequality is a global problem that equally affects the prospects of children and adults, men and women, gay and straight, healthy and disabled.