In commemoration of the international day for human rights, The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) will host its yearly symposium themed: Human rights Sexuality and the Law. This is a platform for an in-depth conversation on Fundamental Human Rights, and inclusion. This year’s edition seeks to explore cultural, traditional and religious ideas and their impact on the fundamental rights of sexual minorities in Nigeria.
The conference will take place on 13th of 2017 at Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos. This create an earnest inquiry into the issues of Human Rights violations in Nigeria and the seeming acceptance of inhumanity and mass infractions of fundamental human rights of persons perceived to be different by sexual orientation or gender identity expression.
Speaking on the topic for this year’s Symposium, Olumide Makanjuola, Executive Director of TIERs, believes that exploring Cultural and Religious concepts in relation to the treatment of human beings, will help bridge the gap between personal believes, moral values and Human Rights.
The Speakers at this year’s event were selected based on their contribution to the better treatment of human beings, mental health advocacy and experience connecting faith and Human Rights. Panelists at the event include Victor Ugo, Founder of Mentally Aware, one of the leading Mental Health Advocacy organizations in Nigeria; Wana Uduobang, poet, journalist and writer; Ayo Sogunro, Human Rights Lawyer and Jurist; Dami Ajayi, Doctor, poet and writer, Amanda Ihemebiri, a Psychotherapist; Papa Oyeyemi, a Nigerian based Androgynous fashion designer, and Boki Ofodile, a lifestyle curator and feminist activist.
The panel will be moderated by Arit Okpo, an astute presenter, media Entrepreneur and writer, while the keynote address will be delivered by Chude Jideonwo, Co-founder, RED media and Greenberg world fellow at Yale University.