Almost everywhere in the world, people who do not conform to the heterosexual norm or have been born in the wrong body have a hard time. In many countries the chance that they are discriminated against or even persecuted for who they are is very high. These people are excluded and have to fight for their rights. Often they do not enjoy the same access to employment or medical care as others.

Hivos cooperates with courageous defenders of equal rights in countries like Uganda, Iraq and the Philippines. They focus first and foremost on people who most need their help. Our partners provide legal assistance to LGBTs and prevent people from getting infected with HIV/AIDS. Worldwide, they also work on addressing persistent prejudices and stigmatisation.

Through our HIV and Human Rights Programme, and in strategic partnership with prominent International donors such as the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Hivos provides local partners around the world with funds, technical support and connections to respond effectively to the global HIV epidemic. We intervene at the local, national, regional and international level to achieve impact in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Hivos was one of the first organisations that campaigned for sexual rights. We have always endeavoured to lend a hand to groups of people who fall by the wayside. Naturally this includes lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs), but also men who have sex with men (MSM) without considering themselves to be homosexual. Hivos has never been afraid to put the most controversial, politically and socially sensitive issues on the agenda. We believe that this is essential if people are to have control over their own bodies, their sexual identity and their relationships.

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. We innovate for social change.

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Hivos at the International AIDS Conference 2016