INERELA+ DRC commonly referred to as CONERELA+ has made an agreement to have a one day seminar with House of Rainbow for Religious Leaders and LGBTIQ on sexuality, faith and human rights. The seminar is scheduled for September this year. The collaboration work to have a seminar trailed the winning of the HOPE AWARD by CONERELA+ for their work in championing the rights of key populations particularly the fight against stigma and discrimination of key populations (LGBTIQ and PLHIV). In the battle to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, stigma and discrimination remains the stumbling blocks hence everybody should be taken on board to eradicate these two unnecessary evils. All in all, interconnectedness is the most cardinal thing in the fight against stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS as Desmond Tutu says, “We are the agents of transformation, capable of turning tide against the disease. We must recognize our interconnection, regardless of geographical, cultural or religious constructs. We must respect each other…We must stand shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart in the fight against HIV and AIDS.” Furtherly, former Secretary General of the United Nations Bani-Kimoon plainly says, “We can fight stigma. Enlightened laws and policies are key. But it begins with openness, the courage to speak out. Schools should teach respect and understand. Religious Leaders should preach tolerance. The media should condemn prejudice and use its influence to advance social change, from securing legal protections to ensuring access to health care.”

 More so, the two statutory instruments which many nations are signatories to clearly prohibits discrimination of any kind, i.e. the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights provides for non-discrimination in Article 2, which states that:

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”