Freedom & Roam Uganda

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Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) is a human rights organization that addresses discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda.[1]

FARUG was founded in 2003 by Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, a Ugandan lesbian advocate. The group’s current executive director is Junique Wambya.[2]

After witnessing and experiencing the harassment, discrimination and violence Ugandan women face because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,[3] Nabagesera set out with a group of her friends to advocate on their behalf.[4]

Today FARUG identifies as the only local organization fully dedicated to LBTI issues in Uganda.[5]

FARUG’s work includes raising awareness throughout the country about LBTI women, sexual and reproductive health, homophobia, and transphobia; increasing visibility in the media; lobbying locally, regionally and internationally; conducting skills and knowledge-sharing workshops, seminars and conferences; and challenging what the group sees as anti-LBTI beliefs and stigma on a day-to-day basis .

FARUG has also worked closely with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an umbrella LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) advocacy organization, to highlight discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans.

In response to an article in the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone that published photographs of gay and lesbian Ugandans under the headline "Hang Them,” Nabagesera and other members of SMUG whose faces appeared in the paper filed a petition to the High Court seeking to end circulation of the article. The petition was granted on November 2, 2010, effectively ruling for the end of the publication.[6][7]

In May 2011, FARUG’s executive director Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders for her advocacy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". FARUG. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Houttuin, Saskia (26 December 2011). "The Day We Said We're Homosexual". All Africa. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview of the Month: June 2011". Universal Periodic Review. June 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Courage is our virtue and freedom is our goal". United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Profile". FARUG. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ugandan paper calls for gay people to be hanged". The Guardian. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Uganda gay activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera hailed". BBC. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012.