Start dialogue religious leaders West Africa

2018

LGBT activists, their human rights advocacy allies and religious leaders from across West Africa gathered under the umbrella of the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNOWA) in a first ever meeting to kick-start a religious dialogue programme to combat violence and discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. IDNOWA members […]

LGBT activists, their human rights advocacy allies and religious leaders from across West Africa gathered under the umbrella of the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNOWA) in a first ever meeting to kick-start a religious dialogue programme to combat violence and discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

IDNOWA members and allies who came together in Cape Coast Ghana fromĀ  4-7 October, started the first phase in developing an inclusive interfaith curriculum on how to dialogue and engage with religious leaders in West Africa. With facilitation by the much experienced facilitators from the Global Interfaith Network, participants from Ghana, Gambia, Togo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone had the opportunity to exchange experiences, best practices and knowledge by which they can now step by step work on changing hearts and minds and all those negative narratives that create fear, stigma and discrimination against LGBT people in the region.

COC Nederland supports faith based LGBT organizations in working with religious leaders on local and the regional levels to address human rights violations against LGBT people.