09 Jul 2014 18:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 09 JUL (NAMPA) Out-Right Namibia (ORN) held a three-day capacity-building workshop at Ongwediva this week.
The workshop started on Monday and was aimed at instilling confidence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, Out-Right Namibia director Linda Baumann told Nampa on Wednesday.
The organisation advocates for the rights of LGBTI people in Namibia.
Baumann said the workshop attracted 22 participants.
These were all gays, lesbians and bisexual people from different places in northern Namibia, she noted, adding that workshop participants were from places such as Okatana, Ondangwa, Oshakati, Onethindi, Oshikuku and host town Ongwediva.
Baumann explained that the workshop amongst others dealt with the definitions of terminologies such as gay, lesbian, homosexuality, bisexuality, intersex, transsexual and transvestite.
She pointed out that people attracted to partners of the same sex should not be blamed for their preference because they have not chosen to live as such, adding that it is natural.
This is the first workshop of its kind in Namibia, and it is the beginning of similar workshops to be held in the country from August to December this year, Baumann said.
She indicated that future workshops will also involve service providers such as public health officials, law enforcement agencies and human rights organisations so that they can provide friendly and competent services to LGBTI people.
Baumann further noted that LGBTI people are discriminated against in Namibia when it comes to the provision of services, especially at health facilities where doctors and nurses allegedly view them as a laughing stock and offer them sub-standard services.
ORN is not asking for us to be accepted, but rather tolerance of the diversity of our community because we are not applying for any job or position, she stated.
ORN was established in 2010 to advocate for the rights of homosexual people and it is funded by various organisations such as the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).