Partner Profile: Sexual Rights Centre (SRC)
The Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) is a non-profit grassroots organization based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, dedicated to advancing the sexual, legal, social, and cultural rights of marginalized women, children and men. Formed in 2007, the SRC aims to build a sexual rights culture in Zimbabwe by challenging behaviour and attitudes in society, as well as developing programs focused on upholding international recommendations and standards on sexual rights. The organization targets vulnerable communities and aims to strengthen people through a human rights-based approach premised on the fundamental principles of equality, dignity and respect for all.
The Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) offers a wide variety of services including access to information, training and empowerment, skills-building, capacity strengthening and advocacy while reducing stigma through awareness raising in the community. SRC has programs that primarily target lesbians, sexual minorities, sex workers, adolescents, women living with HIV and AIDS and women living in institutions. They address issues related to sexual violence, sexual and reproductive health rights, sexuality, sex and sexual orientation. Gender and HIV and AIDS are cross-cutting issues. SRC works with groups that are ignored or forgotten by other NGOs, service providers and organisations through breaking new ground and pioneering new projects that address taboo issues in Zimbabwe. They work to strengthen the capacity of these minority groups to advocate for their rights. SRC also seeks to stimulate dialogue and reduce stigma through awareness-raising and lobbying in the community.
Oxfam started to work with the SRC in 2010 and through the Engendering Change Program has provided support to a strategic planning process, training for staff in monitoring and evaluation, and strengthening of financial systems. Oxfam has also provided support to SRC’s Women who have Sex with Women (WSW) program, to train marginalized women in the digital storytelling technique. Digital stories are stories produced, stored and disseminated using digital media; the focus is on the story tellers' control over the medium, choice of words (narration), pictures and music so that the process is as powerful for the story teller as the end product is to the viewer. Once produced, digital stories can be used to for communications, advocacy, education, movement building and evaluation.