Previously, we blogged about the discrimination and persecution faced by the LGBTQQI* community in Nigeria. First, there was Nigeria’s Same Gender Marriage bill, proposing the criminalization of marriage between consenting adults of the same sex. And then Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs declared that, as far as he’s concerned, the lack of organizing among LGBTQQI groups in Nigeria means that they don’t exist and shouldn’t be granted rights.
In response, The Independent Project for Equal Right (TIP) and IWHC partner The International Center for Sexual Reproductive Rights (INCRESE) in Nigeria are gathering to mark the very first annual International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and related forms of discrimination.
According to a media release issued by INCRESE and TIP, IDAHO is to be marked every 17th of May in Lagos State and across the globe. The media release follows:
‘We want to also use this medium to call on the Nigerian government to domesticate the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)’ said Dorothy Aken’Ova, Executive Director of INCRESE.
Led by the Independent Project for Equal rights- (TIP) and the International Center for Sexual Reproductive Rights (INCRESE), activists and representatives of diverse human rights organizations in Nigeria will appear before the press in Lagos state on the 16th May, 2009 to articulate their advocacy against all forms of discrimination including sexual orientation and gender identity.
For more information on this release, please contact Efe Brown Ohwerhi- program associate on Human rights through +234-808-2685594.”
*LGBTQQI= Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex