1. ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING
Freedom from Violence
Objective: To advocate for an environment where the rights of LBQ persons are respected and protected
Our key interventions under this thematic area look at targeting policy makers and law enforcement officers and creating awareness about the rights of LBQ persons.
This is done through sharing research and other information, amongst them about key violations of LBQ rights, including Intimate Partner Violence, IPV, and other forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, SGBV, like corrective rape, forced marriage.
FARUG currently has an IPV project that aims to create awareness on the dangers and effects of IPV in same sex relationships.
Right to Health for LGBTI persons in Uganda
Objective: To promote and advocate for equal access to friendly, non-discriminative and inclusive services to LBQ persons
Under this area, FARUG has advanced health rights and access to health care of LBQ women under our Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) project which aims at improving the health and wellbeing of LBQ persons in the different regions of the country.
Research under this project found that there was need to increase access to services like counselling, access to medical care without discrimination, safe sex information that is specific to LBQ persons, provision of safe sex materials, access to counselling and hormones for trans identifying persons, provide information on HIV/AIDS and access to prophylaxis in the event of rape.
We also provide care and support for Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Diverse Persons/Women Sleeping with Women (LBQ/WSW) women living with HIV/AIDS, free cervical and breast cancer screening, hepatitis B screening and vaccination, voluntary counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
2. MEMBER DEVELOPMENT
Objective: To promote socio-economic rights and empowerment of LBQ persons in Uganda
FARUG has and continues to implement various projects to build capacity of LGBTI persons’ for personal development and economic empowerment. In particular the SELF, AMPLIFYCHANGE and PAL projects that are FARUG initiatives to empower LBQ persons in Uganda through theoretical and practical skills.
We also instill capacity building skills into our membership for personal empowerment in areas like financial management, public speaking, self-defence skills, Training on development of social enterprises, Facilitating/ seeking resources to support small scale projects (proposals submitted by members),
social events e.g. sports galas, community based/support activities to mention but a few.
3. INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
We are proud to say that membership development and engagement has always been a critical part of our institutional strengthening.
FARUG operates under the guidance of a competent and professional Board of Directors that includes professionals (Lawyers, Accountants) and individuals with experience of programming on LGBTI rights issues.
The structure of our organization comprises of the following organs:
FARUG Members (The General Assembly)
FARUG members are the core of the organization and play a very fundamental role in the implementation of FARUG programs.
This body is elected by FARUG members. The key function is to provide policy oversight, guidance and strategic direction to the organization.
The secretariat is the implementation arm of the organization. The secretariat ensures implementation of plans and engages in fundraising under the guidance of the Board. The secretariat reports to the Board on progress, as well as in search of strategic guidance and direction.
4. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
FARUG seeks to address best practices and outcomes within the complex context of the LGBT movement in Uganda.
Violations and acts of discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Uganda persist.
These violations range from forced evictions, expulsion and being forced out of schools, family rejection and disownment, physical and mental abuse, blackmail and extortion, detention and arbitrary arrests, forced migration, internal displacement, dismissal from work, misrepresentation in, by and through the media, outing/exposure of individuals by the media and increased state monitoring and surveillance.
FARUG endeavours to document cases of violence against LBQ women and to harness ground for research on policies, practices and laws that are discriminatory and continue to be used as tools to suppress and abuse the rights of LBQ persons in Uganda.