Who we are:
Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) is a Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (LBT) organization. It was established in 2003 by a group of lesbians who were constantly being harassed, insulted and discriminated by a misinformed society and who were touched by the plight of their sisters and brothers of the same sexual orientation. It is one of the oldest organizations in Uganda that works on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression through lobbying, dialogue, visibility and voice.
FARUG is a membership-based organization that is legally registered under the laws of Uganda. With a secretariat in Kampala, FARUG’s work spans beyond Kampala through collaboration with other organizations that work in other parts of the country to advance the rights of all LGBTI persons in Uganda. Where feasible, FARUG also avails its health services other marginalized women, who may not necessarily be part of the LGBTI community.
Regardless of the fact our direct constituency is lesbian and bisexual women and transgender people, we work broadly with the women’s (especially women minorities) and LGBTI communities.
What we believe in:
FARUG is a feminist organization and promotes equality of women as stipulated in Uganda’s Constitution, and ratified in international human rights instruments. We take pride in being a part of the women’s movement, the sexual and reproductive rights movement, the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex movement. FARUG recognizes diversity, challenges male chauvinism, patriarchy and cultures that aim at oppressing women.
Where do we come from:
The security and human rights situation of LGBTI community in Uganda has over the recent years been largely influenced by discussion of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA). Though the AHA was tabled in 2014 and annulled by the Supreme Court in early 2015, the public debate on it was heated and very emotional. The debate drew in religious and traditional leaders, politicians, development partners and the public, and sometimes took a homophobic tone
Over the period of 10 years, FARUG has developed and implemented interventions in Uganda and elsewhere. We have over the years built up considerable skills, experience and competence amongst our members, staff and board. FARUG is committed to building on these achievements to address every day challenges for the protection and promotion of human rights for LBT women in Uganda in the face of gender and sexual based violence, abuse, rights violations and poverty among others.