About

RIFA (Rights For All) is a non profit organisation started in February 2014 that works with Lesbians and Bisexual women, Transgender persons and sex workers to challenge hostile environments so that we can live safely and can access public services without discrimination.

National Context

Rwanda is currently experiencing a difficult and contradictory transition into a modern society seeking harmonious co-existence of people with different identities, views, and cultural characteristics, who are united by the pursuit of happiness. Only a society like this can guarantee today peace and freedom in personal development. Pursuit of this social ideal is impossible without elimination of patriarchal prejudice against people that differ from the majority in their sexual orientation and gender identity.

However, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Rwanda are regularly experiencing violence and discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Homicide, battery, and abasement of human dignity of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are common and often silenced. In 2012, about 20 cases of sex worker homicide were committed in Rwanda. Even more common are cases of psychological abuse, threatening, and blackmailing. This situation is aggravated by the impunity of hate speech – public statements that incite hate and hostility, as well as calls for violence and discrimination against lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Those persecutions are often done through social media , news papers, radio and TV.

Due to the non-existence of a legal sex-change procedure, sex workers are deprived of basic social guarantees and opportunity to receive quality health care. All sex workers in Rwanda experience problems with obtaining documents that confirm a gender identity that this individual identifies with.

Team RIFA

MUKANDAYISENGA Madine Madoxy 

Executive Director

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CARTER Honorée

Program Director

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