The Initiative for Equal Rights

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) is a Nigeria-based registered non-for-profit organization working to protect and promote the human rights of sexual minorities nationally and regionally. We’re committed to bringing about a society that is free from discrimination and harm on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. We work towards this goal through education, empowerment and engagement with the many publics in Nigeria. We were founded in 2005 as a response to the discrimination and marginalization of sexual minorities in both HIV prevention programming and mainstream human rights work. We currently have 11 full time members of staff and over 50 volunteers peer educators.

Theme for Session:

Minorities and the Social Environment

This session will present new research on attitudes to sexual minorities, as well as new research on the experiences of sexual minorities in Nigeria from a variety of practitioners across academic as well as policy and advocacy institutions. The session will be followed by a round-table discussion hosted by Arit Okpo (Presenter, Untold Facts) The panel discussion will aim to draw out a conversation around the impact of discrimination on sexual minorities and the wider society, and consider what needs to be achieved to widen acceptance of sexual minorities in Nigeria in the context of broadening knowledge and understanding
Panel HostName: Ms Arit Okpo

Session CoordinatorDele Meiji Fatunla
Presenter 1Title: Measuring HIV prevention impact on key affected population through community town hall meeting –
Author: Babamole Ramon Olanrewaju
Affiliation: Youth Builders Initiative, Lagos
Presenter 2Title: Socio-Economic and Environmental Background and Attitudes of Youth towards Same-Sex Union and Families in Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria –
Author: John Lekan Oyefara,
Affiliation: Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Presenter 3Title: Perceptions on Same Sex Marriage and Diverse Sexual Expressions among Undergraduates of University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos
Author: Eborka K
Presenter 4 Title: Knowledge Attitude and Factors affecting the practice of Sexuality Education among parents in Alimosho LGA, Lagos
Author: Remy-Kingsley E.O, Okafor IP, Olatona F
Department of Community Health & Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos
Presenter 5 Title: Being with Others: Metaphysics of Social Relations
Author: Mike Oni, Jim Ijenwa Unah
Affiliation: Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos
Presenter 6 Sexual Diversity & Minorities, Programming For Change And Advocacy.
Author: Emmanuella David-ette,
Affiiliation: TIP for Human Rights In Nigeria (THRIN) Abuja.
Presenter 7Title: Virtual Spaces And Adolescents Persons In Nigeria, Should We Be
Worried: Lessons From Baseline Study Among University Students In
North-Central Nigeria.
Author: Ifekandu C C, Ugal D, Adakaa S, Akpa B
Affiliation: School of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Sociology, Federal
University, Lafia Nasarawa State


Venue: Sickle Cell Foundation
Opposite Lagos University Teaching Hospital/College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Ishaga Road Off Ojuelegba
Date: 12th of September 2017
Time: 12.40pm – 2pm