|Overview : |
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) together with various focal countries stated below are implementing an 18 month project for Africa, with specific country-level focus in Botswana, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria and Cameroon as well as regional activities. The project has been designed to contribute to the reduction of human rights violations, inequalities and exclusion experienced by people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). It was noted that the project countries were selected based on the situation relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and rights, interest by the countries. The drivers of health issues are because of the socio economic factors, in which if not addressed will contribute to the health problems/challenges. By addressing the drivers of the socio economic factors and strengthening inclusion, the country will drive toward the achievement of the HIV epidemic control.
The project will contribute to the reduction of human rights violations, inequalities and exclusion experienced by people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The proposed project aims to strengthen the evidence base, develop advocacy capacity and public information materials, and convene regional and national dialogues that bring together national decision makers from the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government with civil society organizations, their allies and other stakeholders. Botswana is working towards strengthening National Legislative Environments to support the enjoyment of Human Rights of Key Populations, LGBTI and Women and Girls affected by HIV/AIDS and SRHR. Botswana is also ensuring that it reaches successfully the 90:90:90 and epidemic control by ensuring that it leaves no one behind. MoHW is now focusing more on the key populations and the vulnerable groups as they are the ones lagging behind in accessing most of the high quality services. With that the country is working more on a targeted approach model to ensure higher impact with minimal resources. The project draws on UNDP’s work on human rights in Africa in the context of HIV and experience in designing and implementing a similar ground-breaking regional initiative. The project also draws on OHCHR's experience combating homophobia and transphobia at the country level in Africa and in other regions, and lessons learned from its innovative UN Free and Equal global public information campaign.
The joint project implements different activities at national and regional level. National level activities include identification of partner Institutions (NACA_ GOB and BONELA as Co-chairs), producing a preliminary country situation analysis, conducting a national round table meeting and producing a country report on the human rights situation of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. A multi sectoral National Steering Committee (NSC) will oversee implementation of the project activities. This ToR is developed to guide the work of a national consultant who will support implementation of the national level activities.