The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) is a Nigeria-based registered non-for-profit organisation working to protect and promote the human rights of sexual minorities nationally and regionally. We’re committed to bringing about a society that is free from discrimination and harm on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. We work towards this goal through education, empowerment and engagement with the many publics in Nigeria. We were founded in 2005 as a response to the discrimination and marginalisation of sexual minorities in both HIV prevention programming and mainstream human rights work. We currently have 11 full time members of staff and over 50 volunteers peer educators.

Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.” ― Dorothy Parker


Vision Statement

A society where human rights are guaranteed regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Mission Statement

We promote and facilitate access to sexual health and other rights for sexual minorities, through policy advocacy, research and service provision.

Aims and Objectives

  • To advocate for the fundamental human rights of sexual minorities, as well as provide legal support for sexual minority individuals facing persecution by state and non-state actors.
  • To meet the health needs of sexual minorities in the south west, based on needs assessment, through holistic sexual health programmes.
  • To reduce sexual identity related stigma among sexual minorities people, civil society organisations, as well as the general public through carefully crafted programming and advocacy.
  • To offer a safe space for sexual minorities to meet socially.
  • To invest in LGBT leadership across the Anglophone West African sub-region through capacity building programmes, resource mobilisation and technical assistance
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