CORE STRATEGIES USED IN REALIZING THE RIGHT TO SRHR AND RIGHTS

PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICE PROVISION:

This aims at providing legal services to individuals whose health rights have been violated but cannot afford legal services to enable them access to justice.

STRATEGIC LITIGATION:

This aims at addressing systemic challenges in the health system by challenging laws, policies and practices that hinder the realisation of the right to health in health systems in Uganda and the East Africa Region. The program undertakes strategic litigation and provides pro bono services to victims of health rights violation in order to set important precedents on the right to health, improve system change within the public health sector, and ultimately increase access to social justice in health rights. The program is equally involved in advocacy for the cases, research and documentation, and media engagement. Stakeholders include but not limited to: the judiciary, academia, health and human rights lawyers, civil society organisations, health rights paralegals, and government bodies and departments.

To ACHIEVE THE ABOVE, ARF CONDUCTS A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES

• Advocate for SRHR Advocate progress in the area of SRHR policy negotiations and as a particular area of focus within the framework of efforts to promote coherence in combating oppression and promoting democracy, human rights and development.
• Advocate for the promotion of SRHR in efforts to support government to fulfil the UN Millennium Development Goals. Many of the Goals have important connections to SRHR, including Goal 3 to promote gender equality, Goal 4 to reduce child mortality, Goal 5 to improve maternal health and Goal 6 to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
• Carry out special campaigns to combat sexual violence and support health care, including psychosocial care, and strengthen legal certainty and access to a judicial system for those women, girls and boys affected
• Elevate the level of ambition with regard to effectiveness and resources for initiatives to improve awareness and service about sexuality for women and girls’ and the youth’s physical integrity and sexual rights, and support the role and responsibility of men and boys for gender equality and for sexual and reproductive health for every one.
• provide support to SRHR in the form of education, information and counselling for young people, access to contraceptives, sexual and reproductive health care (including counselling and medical care), and through efforts within the framework of broad approaches that particularly emphasise information and preventive measures. This includes access to safe, legal abortions, and enhancing support to research and methods development on sexual and reproductive health and rights. One key issue is to prevent teenage pregnancies and improve opportunities for young mothers to have access to education;