Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Y2N spoke at the II Conference on Human Rights of LGBTQ people in Africa. The conference was organised by Foundacion Triangulo (www.foundaciontriangulo.es)with support from the Spanish ministry of foreign afairs, Dutch embassy in Spain, CASA AFRICA and the University of Grand Canaria where the conference was hosted.
Part of the objective of the conference was to reinforce the support of Foundation Triangle towards African activists in fighting the injustices, discrimination and attacks LGBTQ people and human rights activists face in Africa, the aim was to also create a safe space where these activists coming from Nigeria, Cameroun, Sierra Leone and Tunisia, can talk about their fears, fights,challenges and the way forward.
There were different presentations and paperwork presentations from the speakers at the conference, including the Executive Director of the Youths 2gether Network who spoke on the work of the Y2N which uses a human rights approach to address HIV and ultimately empower LGBTQ people in Nigeria, some topics that were also spoken on includes: Influence of media on homophobia, working closely and building allies with LGBTQ activists in Africa, International development work and its linkage with sexual health and rights in Africa.
Speakers had different press releases to highlight the importance of the conference, there were also a lot of interview to highlight the issues and a live television broadcast that also called for support and attention on the ugly situation that LGBTQ people face in Africa and the need for the full actualization of sexual rights for all.
The conference happened for 3 days and during the final day of the conference, participants, speakers and supporters came up with a strategic plan on how to work together to make use of international support in working and liberating LGBTQ people in Africa from the pangs and violence that goes on with homophobia.