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Celebrating Inclusivity and Advocating for Key Populations: Reflections on IDAHOBIT in Liberia

Celebrating Inclusivity and Advocating for Key Populations: Reflections on IDAHOBIT in Liberia

Celebrating Inclusivity and Advocating for Key Populations: Reflections on IDAHOBIT in Liberia

Each year on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed globally to shed light on the discrimination and violence faced by the Key population community. In Liberia, a recent celebration of IDAHOBIT organized by LIPRIDE in collaboration with various stakeholders highlighted the importance of promoting inclusivity, advocating for human rights, and fostering a more equitable society for all individuals, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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No One is left Behind - Equality, Freedom and Justice for All
khulekani sibindi

On Friday the 17th of May, 2024, the Liberia Initiative for the Promotion of Rights, Inclusivity, and Dignity for Everyone (LIPRIDE) celebrated IDAHOBIT in collaboration with ActionAid Liberia, civil society organizations, the Embassy of Sweden, the European Union, the Irish Consulate, and key government ministries. The event emphasized their commitment to promoting human rights and inclusivity in Liberian society and stressed the importance of standing in solidarity with marginalized communities.

The celebration of IDAHOBIT under the international theme of “No one Left Behind: Equality, Freedom and Justice for ALL” also focused on recognizing key population groups and their integral right to live by fundamental human rights principles. By highlighting the challenges faced by these groups, the event aimed to foster greater understanding and respect for the diverse identities within Liberian society. ActionAid Liberia's recommitment to upholding human rights further demonstrated the organization's dedication to championing equality and dignity for vulnerable and marginalized communities, including the Key populations.

The Head of Delegation of the EU in Liberia, representatives from the Embassy of Sweden, the Irish Consulate, CSOs, and Line ministries expressed unwavering enthusiasm for continuing the fight for human rights and collaborating with diverse stakeholders. This commitment to ongoing advocacy efforts signaled a promising trajectory in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights in Liberia, paving the way for sustained progress toward a more just and equitable society.

The event's impact extended beyond its immediate participants, sparking crucial conversations, raising public awareness, and garnering support for initiatives aimed at promoting LGBTQ+ rights and combating discrimination. These discussions set the stage for future commitments, collaborative partnerships, and advocacy endeavors to address the persistent challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community, catalyzing positive change and progress toward a more inclusive society.

ActionAid Liberia's unwavering commitment to combating violence and advocating for the rights of vulnerable groups underscores the organization's vital role in amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. As efforts to advance LGBTQ+ rights in Liberia continue, the collective support and collaboration demonstrated during the IDAHOBIT celebration serve as a beacon of hope for a more inclusive and equitable society where all individuals can live liberally and enjoy freedom.