Heartland Alliance International (HAI) fully integrates human rights principles and gender analysis into all of our programming, including those wholly dedicated to women and girls and the LGBTQI+ community.
Around the world, entrenched systems of gender inequality prevent women and girls and LGBTQI+ individuals from accessing equal education, employment, and health care. This places them at risk of exclusion, harassment, and violence. Women and girls and LGBTQI+ individuals are often exposed to complex layers of discrimination – as women, as survivors of violence, as people living with HIV – with very limited access to competent, compassionate care or justice.
- Globally, only 24% of all national parliamentarians are women. Fewer than half of women are employed and those who are, earn only 60-75% of men’s wages. Pregnant individuals face even more extreme discrimination at work.
- One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, often from an intimate partner. Among sex workers, this number can reach 90%.
- In more than 70 countries, same-sex sexual activity is illegal, and in at least 5 countries, same sex sexual acts can be punished by death.
HAI envisions a world where everyone is free from gender-based discrimination, abuse, harassment, and violence and has equal access to health, jobs, and justice regardless of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
To achieve this vision, HAI:
- Provides direct services to meet the mental health and psychosocial needs of marginalized women, girls, and LGBTQI+ and gender non-conforming individuals
- Sensitizes law enforcement and local authorities on gender discrimination and abuse
- Supports public health professionals and other service providers to provide non-discriminatory, trauma-informed services
- Strengthens grassroots organizations that advance the rights of women and sexual minorities
- Empowers the most vulnerable women and girls to exercise their full economic rights, free from discrimination and harassment at work
- Creates safe spaces for women, girls, and marginalized groups to meet, build leadership skills, and develop plans for collective action and social change