The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQI rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTQI rights work worldwide.
The main purpose of the May 17 mobilisations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBTQI communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.
One of the stated goals of May 17 is to create an event that can be visible at a global level without needing to conform to a specific type of action. This decentralized approach is needed due to the diversity of social, religious, cultural, and political contexts in which rights violations occur.
And Improved Sexual Health and Rights Advocacy Initiative made the vision to acknowledge IDAHOT which came to realistic with a symposium held at the German Embassy Consular on INCLUSION AND JUSTICE: A RENEWED CALL FOR LGBTQI ACTIVISM IN Nigeria Which brought out many questions, comments, contributions and steps in which all NGO to follow in seeing the fight against Homophobia, trans-phobia, bi phobia and intersex-phobia is address in our community.
Barr. Jake Okechukwu Effoduh made in one of his speech that every NGO are centered on just being the best among all others forgetting each and everyone share same dreams which was to see all LGBTQI person in Nigeria are protected, care for and safe, he also went on to say Nigeria has the highest NGO organizations in African and which he see as not a way to drive the freedom of the LGBTQI person in Nigeria instead he said it would be best if NGOs could merge as one, and focus on their same goals, and to that effect it will bring a strong chain in advocating for a change of the law in the legislation system.
Mrs Ngozi Ajuba being host to introduce the panelists made the symposium a well interesting and interactive one due to the questions raised to the panel and this brought out many ideas, ways and steps which was so agreed by all participants will move the drive of the LGBTQI community in Nigeria making their voice heard.
The symposium was a success all thanks to all NGO who were present in the program. And we as ISHRAI want to say a big thank you to Equality Hub, AHRDI, KITO DIARY, TIERS, QUEERCITY PODCAST, LET IT SHINE, VISIONSPRING INITIATIVE, ISDOA TEAM and to all participant “Saying all dream can only be achieve if unity is among all”.