The World Health Organization defines health in its 1948 constitution as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The stigma and discrimination LBQ women in Nigeria experience greatly affects both their physical and mental well-being and they often have limited to no psychosocial support to mitigate the negative effects.
WHER provides a virtual and physical safe space for LBQ to meet, learn, network, share experiences, and support one another. We also have conducted informal studies about the health/wellbeing needs of LBQ women in Nigeria, the findings were used to design education sessions and offer psychosocial support for LBQ women in Nigeria. We also have recruited and trained peer counselors from 5 geopolitical zones in Nigeria to provide first aid counseling and psychosocial support to their LBQ peers through one-on-one counseling, mental health education, and peer support groups.
Amongst other initiatives, we conducted a Digital and Physical security training titled Getting to safe in 2014. The training created a safe and interactive space for LBQ women to share and explore their security challenges, to learn and discuss about strategies to holistically stay safe in their daily lives in Nigeria.