One of the main roles of RRP+ is to speak on behalf of it members, and to advocate for the respect of rights of people living with HIV, particularly women, youth and children. Advocacy is a cross-cutting activity that contributes to the achievement of results in the area of HIV prevention, care and treatment and impact mitigation.
More specifically, RRP+:
- aims to fight Gender Based Violence and HIV-related stigma and discrimination through advocacy activities.
- has mainstreamed gender in RRP+ programs and gender representatives are elected in the national and district board structures to strengthening the HIV positive women’s representation and to improve meaningful participation of women in the HIV response.
- has put human rights in the center of development, and integrates the Right Based Approach (RBA) in all its programs and activities for the promotion and protection of the rights of people infected and affected by HIV.
In collaboration with COCAFEM and financed by UNWOMEN, RRP+ implements a project that aims to reduce gender based violence among young women and girls, focussing on lobbying for the rights of women, raising awareness among local leaders and communicaties about the fight against GBV and supporting victims of violence. In 2015/2016:
- 930 awareness raising sessions about child rights, women rights and GBV were organised
- 81 leaders (39 women et 42 men) were trained about law No 59/2008 concerning the prevention an repression of GBV and about collecting proof of sexual and physical violence.
- Follow-up of 35 teachers trained in 2014 to give GBV awareness sessions at schools
- 120 new couples having (violent) family conflicts were supported by raising awareness of GBV and positiv masculinity. 84% of those supported in 2015 have now changed their behavior and live in harmony, respecting each other’s rights.
- 205 victims of GBV (young women and girls) were heard and oriented to appropriate care and action
- 40 people accused of rape persecuted
UNWOMEN also allowed RRP+ to build the capacity of 320 women (including RRP+ representatives of HIV+ women) in decision making, by improving their skills in gender and HIV analysis, advocacy processes, and leadership.
RRP+ has also developed a booklet summarizing laws regarding the rights of PLHIV