MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR : GILBERT SEBIHOGO
Congratulations on your nomination to participate in the Sexual Orientation, gender identity and Human Rights course. We look forward to working together to strengthen the capacity of our national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to effectively respond to the human rights violations that arise due to diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
In the next few weeks, beginning January 20th and every following Friday until all the five training modules are completed, all learners should put in their very best effort to complete the weekly content. The modules will be uploaded every Friday. The modules are inter-related, and it is advised that you complete a module before proceeding to the next. At the end of each module are discussion questions aimed at helping the learner engage with the issues. Learners must participate in the discussion forums with their colleagues. Those discussions should include responding to the discussion questions, engaging with each other on relevant issues, or raising questions with the facilitator. Each learner must respond to one question for each module, with answers being emailed directly to the facilitator. Answers should not exceed 500 words.
Following the online training, there will be a face-to-face workshop scheduled for the week of March 6 – 10, 2017. Further details will be communicated in due course. To fully benefit and effectively participate in the face-to- face workshop it is critical that all the online modules are completed and the facilitator has all the five written papers.
The facilitator for the course is Commissioner Lawrence Mute. Mute is a lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Nairobi and a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He has worked on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, including being one of the drafters of the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Please click here for more details of NANHRI’s SOGIE Project and what it aims to achieve. The course is within the mandates of both NANHRI and African NHRIs to respond to all forms of human rights violations, and to effectively engage their governments on all forms of violations as stipulated in the Paris Principles. It is expected that at the end of the SOGIE and Human Rights course, as the focal point persons from your institutions, you will take the lead to ensure that your institutions capacity to respond to SOGIE-related violations is effective.
As we begin this journey together, it is with expectation that we support each other for positive outcomes, to never tire until all SOGIE-based violence and discrimination is completely eradicated.
All the best.