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Group commemorates international day for human rights


Chude Jideonwo

As the world marks this year’s International Day for Human Rights, The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), a non-profit organisation committed to bringing about a society free from discrimination and harm on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, has called for rights of all Nigerians irrespective of their identity or sexual orientation to be upheld.

They made the call in Lagos at this year’s annual conference themed: ‘Human Rights, Sexuality and the Law’, where they examined the impact of tradition and religion on sexual minorities and human rights.

Speaking at the event, Yale Greenberg World Fellow and Co-Founder, RED, Chude Jideonwo, addressed the confusion created by religious and social identities. Other speakers at the conference also noted the importance of creating safe spaces for sexual minorities through effective communication, expression and enlightenment about health and legal rights of Nigerians.

Appearing as a panelist with other personalities such as Wana Udoabang, Victor Ugoh, Dami Ajayi, Sade Ladipo, and Papa Omoyemi, Amanda Ihembiri, a psychotherapist, explained the effects of discrimination on sexual minorities.

Executive Director, TIERs, Olumide Makanjuola, in his address stated that the symposium is the perfect opportunity to continue the conversation about equal justice for sexual minorities, while also allowing other Nigerians to share their opinions and attitudes in an objective and comfortable environment.

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