In celebration of the International Human Rights Day, The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) will host the fourth edition of its annual symposium ‘Human Rights, Sexuality and the Law’. This year’s edition, aptly themed “The Right to Freedom of Assembly and Association: An Inalienable Human Right” seeks to explore issues around the right to assembly and association, the right to sexual health, and the underrepresentation of women in the queer narrative.
The Symposium, which will take place on December 13, 2018, will also be used as an opportunity to launch this year’s Human Rights Violations Report which is compiled by TIERs in partnership with several other Human Rights orgranizations across Nigeria. There will be a keynote address, two discussion panels with carefully selected panelists and an interactive session with the audience.
The keynote address will be delivered by public health consultant and activist, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka on The Right to Freedom of Assembly and Association: An Inalienable Human Right. The Panelists include Timehin Adegbeye, writer, speaker, and advocate; Doctor Peju Adediran, public health professional; Eloghosa Osunde, Writer and Visual Artist, Iheoma Obibi, Executive Director of Alliances for Africa and Founder of Intimate Pleasures Desires of the Heart; Mx. Emmanuella David-ette, Founding President / Executive Program Coordinator for TIP for Human Rights in Nigeria (THRIN); and Doctor Charles Ekeh, Senior Medical Officer at Population Council.
The event promises to be enlightening and engaging, and will be hosted by Wana Udobang, a freelance journalist, poet and documentary filmmaker who works at the intersection of women’s rights, social justice, climate change, culture and the arts.
With this symposium, The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) aims to provide further insight to the fundamental freedoms Nigerians are entitled to, and inspire a sense of activism in young Nigerians.