-Human Rights Advocacy - Primary Health Care - Education - Self-Help Program - Religion/Spiritual Counseling.
Primary Health Care
Saint Paul's Voice Centre is spearheading campaign to improve healthcare for LGBT people and their families in Uganda. We are aiming to achieve sustainable health for the LGBT community in Uganda. Sustainable health and wellness is not only part of our survival but it is also a continuously rewarding way to live out our entire lives. It’s important to note that health is as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Eating right, exercising, and sleeping well play an equal role in the prevention of infections and diseases. However, a good sense of self, a loving support network, and the potential for continued personal growth is fundamental to our overall wellbeing.
One of the most critical issues affecting LGBTI community is HIV/AIDS. Fear of discrimination causes many LGBT people to avoid seeking care and, when they do get treatment, LGBT people are often not treated with the respect that all patients deserve. Saint Pauls Voice Centre’s intervention includes:
·Supplying free Condoms and Lubricants.
·Offering free Counseling and Guidance
·Offering Voluntary Counseling and Testing services.
Religion and Spiritual Counseling:
We believe that the worship of God is the uppermost calling of every believer. Unfortunately, in Uganda, many in the LGBT community have been rejected by mainstream churches and as a result feel spiritually outcast.
At Saint Paul's Voice Centre, we need to reach out to all believers irrespective of their sexual orientation. Remember, Jesus used to minister to those who were the outcasts. Therefore, if our members can’t be allowed in the main stream churches, we shall always provide alternatives since our sole objective is one - worshiping the Most High.
In Uganda, the unemployment rate is very high but it’s the LGBT community that has been hit hard because accessing jobs in public service and even private institutions in very hard owing to rampant discrimination.
Therefore, we always encourage our members to establish income generating activities. We not only encourage but also support our members through mobilizing start-up incomes and equipping them with entrepreneurial and business management skills.
We focus on education about (LGBT) issues. We promote the full inclusion of people who are disadvantaged because of their sexual orientation, sexual identity and their expression by identifying, enhancing and sharing educational expertise. We conduct workshops/ seminars where the needs of our members are identified and the try to provide lasting solutions.
We impart technical skills among our members in order to promote their socio-economic welfare
In Uganda, there is a bad practice of parents abandoning their children due to their sexual orientation. In such circumstances, we take care of these abandoned children and actively promote their personal growth and foster their academic success.
We also seek to end discrimination , harassment , and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in all educational institutes in Uganda with an underlying message that ‘being different is normal’.
We advocate for the rights of LBGTI Uganda because we believe that people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be able to enjoy their human rights. However, in Uganda, there remain many instances where an individuals' sexual orientation or gender identity can lead them to face execution, imprisonment, torture, violence or discrimination. The range of abuse is limitless and it contravenes the fundamental tenets of international human rights law.
Again, people detained or imprisoned solely because of their homosexuality - including those individuals prosecuted for having sex in circumstances which would not be criminal for heterosexuals, are considered to be prisoners of conscience.
We are advocating against the proposed “Kill Gays” bill and our current focus is on making sure that the bill is dropped.
We are committed to advocating for the rights of all LGBTI community in Uganda until positive policy changes are made in favour of our members.