INERELA+’s core business is to eradicate all forms of stigma and discrimination and thus contribute to increased levels of HIV testing and disclosure, reduced AIDS-related deaths and human rights abuses.
Sex and Sexuality
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
INERELA+ promotes sexual and reproductive health with a right supported by knowledge, skills and the ability to make responsible, positive, informed and safe sexual choices. The SAVE Toolkit includes chapters on sex, sexuality and gender which is inclusive of sexual diversity.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information (CSE&I)
Faith communities supported by INERELA+ networks implement CSE&I at congregational and community levels. The program is targeted at children of 5 – 18 years age group and focuses on teenage pregnancies including contraceptives and forced sterilization of women and girls living with HIV and AIDS.
Gender Based Violence (GBV)
INERELA+ encourages all members to openly combat discrimination against women and girls in the form of GBV translated as physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic violence.
Sexual Diversity (LGBTIQ)
The goal of this project is to engage heterosexist religious orthodoxy and practices and challenge religious institutions, through theology from different faiths, to be more accepting of sexual diversity. To achieve this, INERELA+ convenes consultative dialogues between religious leaders and sexual minorities in open and constructive spaces at national and regional levels. This enables them to be advocates for SRHR of all key populations.
In order to inform and facilitate dialogues, INERELA+ conducts surveys of stigma and discrimination experienced by PLHIV and LGBTI from faith communities. This survey is a methodology adopted from Stigma Index developed by GNP+ in consultation with INERELA+.
This project ensures that men and boys are included in HIV related prevention, treatment, care and support programs implemented at the congregational and community levels.