It takes a brave group of people to look out for minority groups, those shunned by society because of their sexual preferences, disabilities or social views.
At a recent training held at the community level by LEGAL (Lesbian and Gay Association of Liberia) and sponsored by TIERS (The Initiative for Human Rights), based in Nigeria, the rights group re-elaborated on the importance of ensuring equality for all.
The call is made in reference to medical care, education, equality and associated rights.
“The core aim of the project is enhancing the protection and rights of minority women and other vulnerable women in Montserrado County. We will be doing a series of training at community level and national level in terms of human rights advocacy projects and the initiative for equality and rights,” added Jennifer, a journalist.
According to the group, uniformed officers, vulnerable women, girls and discriminated women will receive training on equal opportunity and human rights, free of charge.
“It has changed from olden days to modern days. Everyone has the right to live, and the freedom of association, which is also in the Constitution. Also, everyone has the right to assemble. People look at it from different perspectives, but it is what it is, once being born into this world, you have the right to live,” Jennifer added.
LEGAL, in partnership with TIERS, has continued its series of workshops around the country, security sectors and civil societies with the hope of helping Liberians grasp the meaning of human rights and how each Liberian owns it.
“For the past three months we have trained women and girls in the area of human rights advocacy so that they will be able to take the lead in advocating for their rights. The reason why we involved officers from Immigration and LNP is because we want them to know their rights as they go about performing their duties without discrimination,” she said.
“We had participants from different communities, backgrounds and diversities to understand human rights, gender and sexual reproduction as it relates to human rights, security and safety. This will be done for the next year and we hope that participants from the workshops will use the skills provided by our presenters on the advocacy of human rights, women’s rights, gender rights and security. We want them to return to their communities and apply what they have learned.”