In commemoration of the International Day for Human Rights, The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) in partnership with Y!YNaija.com, The Equality Hub and The Rustin Times, hosts its annual symposium themed Human Rights, Sexuality and The Law. The conference is on today, December 13, 2017 at Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos, with Chude Jideonwo, Co-Founder, RED and Yale Greenberg World Fellow as keynote speaker.
As a platform for in-depth conversation on fundamental human rights and inclusion, the event seeks to explore cultural, traditional and religious ideas and their impact on the fundamental rights of sexual minorities in Nigeria.
It also seeks to create an earnest inquiry into issues of human rights violations in Nigeria and the seeming acceptance of inhumanity and mass infractions perpetrated against persons perceived to be different by sexual orientation or gender identity expression.
Speaking on the topic, Olumide Makanjuola, Executive Director of TIERs, said that “the symposium provides an opportunity for participants to explore cultural and religious concepts on the treatment of human beings, and will help bridge the gap between personal beliefs, moral values and human rights”.
Moderated by Arit Okpo, panelists at the event include Victor Ugo, founder of Mentally Aware, one of Nigeria’s leading mental health advocacy organisations; Wana Uduobang, poet, journalist and writer; Ayo Sogunro, lawyer and jurist; Dami Ajayi, doctor, poet and writer, Amanda Ihemebiri, psychotherapist; Papa Oyeyemi, a fashion designer; Shade Ladipo, media entrepreneur and social activist and Boki Ofodile, a lifestyle curator and feminist activist.
The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) is a Nigeria-based registered non-for-profit organisation working to protect and promote the human rights of sexual minorities nationally and regionally. We’re committed to bringing about a society that is free from discrimination and harm on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. We work towards this goal through education, empowerment and engagement with the many publics in Nigeria. We were founded in 2005 as a response to the discrimination and marginalisation of sexual minorities in both HIV prevention programming and mainstream human rights work. We currently have 11 full time members of staff and over 50 volunteers peer educators.
YNaija is the internet newspaper for young Nigerians, focused on the issues and ideas that matter for an evolving generation. It is an arm of the RED brand, which is the continent’s largest omni-media group focused on Africa’s youth.
About Red Media Africa
Red Media Africa (www.redmediaafrica.com) is the PR & Empowerment Marketing division under the parent brand, RED.
It focuses on using inspiration, empowerment and action to help brands and organisations connect with their audiences, enhance their bottom-lines and lead in their industries.
It has 6 major practice areas: Corporate Practice, Technology Practice, SME Practice, Governance Practice, Faith Practice and the International Practice – with work for brands across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
RED owns the continent’s largest portfolio of youth media brands. Its Content Division holds brands across TV, radio, online and events including Y! Magazine,YNaija.com, Rubbin’ Minds, #YTech100 and the The RED Summit. It also anchors a development firm, The Future Project, which projects include Africa’s leading youth platform, The Future Awards Africa, HowCanIGetInvolved.com and Aiki.ng, which is run in conjunction with Microsoft.
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