Photovoice Exhibition and International Human Rights Day Commemorative Activity

WHER Initiative conducted a Photovoice exhibition on the 16th of December 2018 in commemoration of the annual International Human Rights Day celebrated every 10th December. The purpose of this event is to create an avenue for LBQ women to gain knowledge on culture, human rights and sexuality and to tell the stories of violations experienced by LBQT women across Nigeria.

The event was attended by 37 participants. The occasion was centred on the need for people to stand against violations and injustice of the rights of everyone regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. It also reflected on what culture says about human rights, and the universality of culture was discussed in detail as it relates to sexuality as well as human rights. 10 photographs of LBQT persons were exhibited and participants took time to reflect on their stories of human rights violations

Building the Capacity of Media Personnel’s in Nigeria on Human Rights and Gender Diversity

To sensitize Media personnel on the issues that concern Sexual Minority Persons and establish working relationships with Media personnel for future collaborations, WHER conducted a To sensitize Media personnel on the issues that concern Sexual Minority Persons and establish working relationships with Media personnel for future collaborations, WHER conducted a capacity building workshop on 11th – 12th November 2019. The workshop was attended by 11 media personnel and resulted in improved capacity for media personnel on issues that concern Sexual Minority Persons, established working relationships with Media personnel for future collaborations and established direct contacts with mainstream media houses.

The workshop which was interactive in nature was centred on issues such as gender and sexuality reflecting on gender serotypes and the effect that it has on the LGBT community. It also reflected on issues such as rights and laws in Nigeria with the attendees educated on the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA) and other laws such as the Penal and Shari’a Law. The activity had the aim of indicating how these laws violates the basic human rights of all Nigerians and also re-educate the group on their code of practice.

At the end of the activity, strategies were developed on how LGBTQ issues can best be represented in the media by using the appropriate language and also mapping out LGBTQ friendly media houses that can be approached when we need to tell our own stories and in our own voices without the fear of it being misconstrued


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The writing journey offered to you in Our Creative Writer’s Workshop shows you how to unleash your creativity, ignite your imagination, explore creative writing, unearth story, connect to figurative language, and write your own story.
We’ll encourage you to:

  • Ignite the spark of creation
  • Seek creativity
  • Delve into story
  • Explore genre

and weave your book, story or article into being!
To join us,
please call 09092845190 to reserve a spot for our up and coming creative writing workshop on or before 29th January 2020
Date: 1st February 2020
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: WHER office
Come and get your creative juices flowing!

We are Now Hiring for a Program Officer, Advocacy & Human Rights

Job Title: Program Officer, Advocacy & Human Rights

Directly Reports to:     Director of Programs

Indirectly Reports to:  Executive Director

Works with:                      Programs Team


Job summary

This is position requires the candidate to work with the entire WHER team to protect and promote the rights of LGBT people and women especially lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) women in Nigeria. The PO supports the design, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WHER’s advocacy and human rights program activities. The PO will also serve as a liaison between WHER and external stakeholders and partners.

NOTE: This job requires knowledge of and willingness to work with the LGBT community. Homophobia and Sexism will not be tolerated.

Job Responsibilities

Program Specific

  • Devise advocacy priorities and strategies, identify advocacy opportunities, and undertake lobbying and advocacy directed at influencing governments, intergovernmental organizations, and human rights bodies and experts
  • Undertake policy research and analysis in the areas of law, and human rights
  • Draft advocacy documents including petitions, shadow reports, policy briefs, briefing papers, internal memorandums, and other campaign documents
  • Promote a rights-based approach in programming work on sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Engage policy makers and other civil society organizations on human rights issues including keeping abreast with relevant issues in the field;
  • Develop and implement programme proposals, work plans, budgets and project reports
  • Investigates and documents human rights violations and discrimination experienced by LGBT persons in Nigeria
  • Ensure that the service users are involved in all decision making by providing them with the information, knowledge and skills to make decisions for themselves.
  • Collect data and contribute to reports to demonstrate the impact of the service.
  • Recruit, train and supervise a team of motivated volunteer advocates who will support with service delivery by having their own caseload.
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Build the technical capacity of programme staff in advocacy skills relevant to the implementation of the programme, through training and continuous mentoring. Submit a clear capacity building plan for this process.
  • Ensure quality control for all centralized and community level trainings organized for programme participants at all levels.
  • Compile field reports ensuring evidence based out puts on advocacy are reflected and submitted in time for inclusion into the main programme reports: Compile and submit a monthly summary of evidence-based highlights/ success stories on advocacy sector.
  • Support the development of activity indicators, monitoring and data capturing tool that relate to the sector.
  • Schedule and conduct regular field monitoring visits to identify, review and recommend relevant indicators for the successful delivery of the programme; monthly, quarterly and annual
  • Develop and analyze content for programme use.
  • Provide technical and sectoral inputs to/ during planning, organizing and coordination of programme assessments, surveys and or researches
  • Represent the programme on forums as and when delegated. 
  • Perform any other duties as required.


  • Work together with his/her team lead to design and implement programs & campaigns while ensuring all designed interventions remain compliant with donor, operational, finance, procurement and administrative systems.
  • Assist direct lead in strengthening systems for reporting on program progress against stated objectives and monitoring, according to all donor guidelines.
  • Where applicable, oversee content development and production of project information. This will include drafting content, interfacing with staff members to develop progress/success write-ups, sharing photos and even summaries as needed.
  • Liaise with other relevant key stakeholders within the LGBTQ community in and out of Nigeria.
  • During all project activities, monitor adherence to budgets, grant agreement, donor policies and procedures, and relevant external rules and regulations.
  • Resolve stakeholder problems as needs arise.
  • Meet with the government, civil society, security, donor, media, and private sector on a regular basis to collect necessary information and carry out required networking.


Support other team members to:

  • Work with partners/consultants/team to ensure that all projects are delivered on time, target and budget.
  • Support documentation of lessons learned and coordinate learning activities


Person specification

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Law, International Relations, Development Studies, management, social sciences, international development or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of progressive work experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Experience in designing and implementing successful human rights programs, campaigns and initiatives.
  • A strong commitment to, and passion for, the principles and practice of human rights

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and education

Application Closing Date
30th of September 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Method of Application
Send an application letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format to [email protected] clearly state the position title for which you are applying and your full names – starting with the surname first, then other names in the subject area of the email. Example: Program Officer, Advocacy & Human Rights (ABUJA) – MBU, Sisi Eko. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Improving lives: Empowering Sexual Minority Women in Nigeria

Women’s Health & Equal Rights Initiative [WHER] has kicked off the first part of its ‘Pathways to Empowering Sexual Minority Women in Nigeria’ project with two workshops held in Abuja. The project aims to strengthen sexual minority women by psychologically empowering them and enhancing their capacity to become more financially stable.

Photo caption from the training in Abuja.

The workshops tagged ‘Psychological Empowerment and Leadership/Life-Skills Building Workshop’ were held on the 11th – 13th and 15th – 17th of August 2018 respectively with 45 women (aged 18 – 35) in attendance.

The project was focused on building self-esteem, self-confidence, self- acceptance and learning about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression through interactive training sessions.

Participants also learned about life skills such as negotiation, stress management and interpersonal communication.

Currently, similar workshops are being held in Lagos, and details will be provided at its conclusion.