We are on the frontline of human rights support in Botswana, championing the rights of people living with HIV so that they can access the services they need.
Although the national response to HIV in Botswana is strong, with free treatment available to anyone who needs it, this effort is severely undermined by persistent human rights violations against people living with the virus.
We are working here to overcome the stigma and discrimination that is preventing the people who need HIV treatment the most from accessing it.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Around 20% of the adult population of Botswana is living with HIV.
- Over 24,000 voluntary medical male circumcisions were performed in 2018.
- The percentage of pregnant women who are living with HIV and accessing antiretroviral medicines increased to more than 95% in 2018 (compared with 68% in 2010)
We believe everyone has the right to access HIV prevention and treatment services, which is why we work with BONELA to ensure justice and dignity for everyone affected by HIV in Botswana.
BONELA’s human rights work has had a significant impact on reducing stigma and discrimination against the country’s marginalised communities. Their activities include education, community outreach, legal assistance, research and broader advocacy, and they work with businesses, schools, health providers and government departments.
Since 2014, BONELA have used a legal aid database to refer and track human rights abuse cases against marginalised people and, in 2016, the team supported the successful registration of Botswana’s first LGBTI organisation, LEGABIBO.
OUR IMPACT IN BOTSWANA
In 2018, BONELA :
- Contributed to six successful policy/advocacy or law reform initiatives in Botswana, including removing legal barriers and increasing funding.
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