This week check out why Uganda is urged to decriminalize same-sex relationships, and how the Human Rights Campaign rates Mexico on its LGBT inclusion in the workplace.

 Uganda Urged to Decriminalize Same-Sex Relations

In commemoration of World AIDS day, The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum released a statement encouraging Uganda to decriminalize same-sex relations to help fight HIV, Rights Africa reported.

HRAPF prompted the Ugandan government to ensure equal society, the right to health and a healthy socio-legal environment, according to a press statement from Dec. 1.

HIV prevalence rates among male homosexual groups remain at 13%, according to the release. The general prevalence rate is 5.7%.

Other groups with significant HIV prevalence rates are sex workers at 37% and injecting drug users at 16.7%, according to the release.

The forum noted promising developments in the HIV/AIDS fight.

“Uganda has made important strides towards the 90-90-90 global target, with 89% of people tested and knowing their status, 94% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receiving sustained Antiretroviral therapy [ART] and 90% of all people receiving ART having viral suppression,” according to the statement.

The statement also noted the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized groups, citing the arrest and torture of 22 youths in Kyengera due to their suspected sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the statement.

Equality in the Workplace Continues to Grow in Mexico

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The Human Rights Campaign launched the fourth annual survey on LGBT workplace inclusion in Mexico, according to the HRC website.

The HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral survey evaluated major Mexican businesses and multinationals.

The 2021 HRC Equidad MX report awarded top ratings to 212 employers. Last year 120 companies received top marks, according to the website.

The report tested major Mexican businesses and multinational companies on the “adoption of nondiscrimination policies,” “creation of employee resource groups or diversity and inclusion councils” and “engagement in public activities to support LGBT inclusion.”

The program is designed after the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. The index is the “premier” survey for LGBT workplace equality in the U.S.

Thirty-two Mexican companies received top ratings in the first year of the survey, rising to 212 in 2021, according to the website.


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