Human rights defenders supported by KIOS change the world both at the grassroots level and in international arenas. Every year we provide funding for around 30 organisations in East Africa and South Asia. Since 1998, we have supported over 450 organisations in almost 60 countries. See below examples of what the brave activists we support have accomplished.
In Nepal, casteless people, or Dalits, and especially Dalit women, are in a weak position in the society. The casteless women's organisation FEDO wants women to learn to demand their rights in a society where casteless women often lack basic rights, such as the right to education or care.
Queer Youth Uganda promotes the rights of sexual and gender minorities in Uganda, where the rights of the LGBTIQA+ people are violated in many different ways. With the support of KIOS, the organisation has successfully educated the community about their rights.
In Nepal, widows, divorced and other unmarried women face many forms of stigma and discrimination. Through KIOS grantee’s work, they have been informed about their rights, are better able to organise and run their own cause.
KIOS’s partner organization in Kenya promotes access to services and inclusion in decision-making for sexual and gender minorities in five provinces. PEMA Kenya was founded by a group of gay men who decided to take care of a funeral of a deceased young person who had been abandoned by his own community.
Standing up for human rights can be extremely dangerous. In East Africa, activists have received security training and emergency aid.
Two Asian NGOs gathered witness statements in refugee camps in Bangladesh about human rights violations against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The information was delivered to the International Criminal Court, which decided to continue investigating the crimes.
In Bangladesh, transgender people have received information about their rights and have become empowered. At the same time, the understanding of the local authorities, the media and the general public about transgender people and their rights has increased.
A Kenyan slum community won a long battle in court when the authorities and a polluting metal smelter were ordered to pay € 10.2 million in compensation to the slum residents.