Recently Honduras began its campaign to put an end to discrimination, which they called “free and equal” and seeks to promote respect for the rights and to eradicate discrimination towards the LGBT community. The campaign was developed in the framework of the project “Strengthening of the State of law for the protection and promotion of Human Rights in Honduras”, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Honduras was proposed to develop an unprecedented public education campaign headed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, and of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. It is the first time in history that a campaign of this magnitude is launched; success is assured.
It is expected to raise awareness about violence and homophobic and transphobic discrimination through all the activities related to the campaign. In addition, it is expected to promote greater respect for the LGBT community and the fulfillment of their rights.
“Free and equal talks about non-discrimination and equality before the law as fundamental principles of the international law of human rights (…) Respect for human rights and the principles of equality and non-discrimination are interdependent and therein rests the Universal Declaration of human rights and the principles internationally addressed such as Human Rights”, said Fernando Burguillos, UNDP Human Rights Coordinator in Honduras.
Free and equal will last for three months and will be spread through social media in a joint action between the State of Honduras, civil society and the United Nations agencies.
“In the LGBTI community, we seek to be respected in every field, whether labor, health or places of study. It is through these programs that we have the opportunity to reinforce that message”, said Reny Martínez, Member of the Board of Directors of Comunidad Gay Sampedrana.
Messages and campaign activities will take place in locations with high traffic of young people, who are expected to then be multipliers of those messages in their homes and communities. We are confident that with education we can eradicate discrimination.
Together we make the difference!