31 July 2018
Right Here Right Now at HLPF 2018: Experiences of a National Coordinator
Part of the Right Here Right Now strategic partnership, is that representatives of country platforms attend high-level, international events to advocate for better sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Solange Mbaye, the National Coordinator of the RHRN platform in Senegal, took part in the United Nation’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. This event aims to follow up on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and Solange was able to accompany the official Senegalese delegation to many side events.
Beninese women playing the confidence game (Photograph: Ibrahim Moussa)In the first week Solange participated in the HLPF alone. “My colleague Anne, of IPPF Africa Region, only joined in the second week. It’s hard and a lot of work to attend everything by yourself, there are so many things going on at the same time, and everyone is constantly running”, Solange explains. “There is a main room, where all the big events take place. But at the same time...
2 July 2018
Right Here Right Now High Level Event: safeguarding LGBTI rights following Inter-American Court’s advice
“Dialogue is not possible when we criminalise human rights.” This was the message of Victor Madrigal, the UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) and main speaker at Right Here Right Now’s High Level Event on human rights of LGBTI people. The event, organised by Hivos in collaboration with all Right Here Right Now partners and the Costa Rican Ministry of Health, was aimed at finding best ways to benefit from a recent Inter-American Court of Human Rights advisory opinion.
In January 2018 the court, that is part of the Organisation of American States, released an advisory opinion that said the rights of couples, consisting of one man and one woman, should also be given to same-sex couples. Furthermore, self-identification, such as name changes, should be recognised by governments without impediments. This ruling can serve as an instrument to ensure all couples are treated without discrimination and ...
23 February 2018
Uganda: Right Here Right Now partnership welcomes HRAPF back after attack on premises
The members of the Right Here Right Now Partnership have welcomed Ugandan partner Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) back to work, after a violent attack on their premises. In a joint statement, they praised HRAPF for their response and swift actions. They call upon the Ugandan government to investigate the attack and to ensure full protection in future.
The attack took place on the morning of Friday, February 9th 2018. Two guards were injured when intruders tried to access the organisation’s premises. Fortunately, the intruders could not make it past the reception area and did not take any of the electronic devices. In a press conference later that day, HRAPF’s Executive Director asked other civil society organisations (CSOs) and the international community to call for full investigations into this case and...