Hivos believes that people should have control over their own bodies, sexual identity and relationships. This is essential for anyone to be able to live in freedom, dignity, and true equality. These are rights that must be respected so that every human being can make his or her own choices and decisions without being discriminated against or excluded.
This also implies having the freedom to voice one’s opinions, challenge government and influence the established order to safeguard one’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Based on this conviction, Hivos has fought for inclusivity and the right to safe abortion, contraceptives and sex education, even in the most conservative partner countries, for decades.
However, in many countries around the world, being homosexual remains punishable by law. Those who do not conform to the heterosexual norm or were born in the wrong body are discriminated against or even persecuted for who they are. Moreover, even though many low-and-middle-income countries have a large population of young people, they are not given the equal opportunity to participate in social, political and economic spheres. Women and girls are particularly affected by this exclusion from decision-making processes. This is why Right Here Right Now focuses specifically on the LGBTI community, young women, girls, and young people.
Hivos as an incubator
The approach that Right Here Right Now has adopted to tackle these issues perfectly reflect the mission of Hivos as an incubator. We link parties that can and want to be part of a solution and provide them with a platform to connect to different networks, to share experiences and ideas, and to develop joint strategies of action. We connect hundreds of community-based organisations to local and national governments. We believe this is how people can learn, grow, and improve.
Furthermore, we are advocates. We work to create an enabling political environment, where our solutions can flourish. This entails approaching the issue through multiple angles, including funding, but also working with less usual allies such as religious groups. This is how Right Here Right Now has decided to work for more inclusive and progressive SRHR policies and services.