International Conference “Humanism Versus Superstition In Africa”, Liberia, August, 2012

  • post Type / Young Humanists International
  • Date / 31 March 2012

This international conference will address various forms of superstition within the West African context and their impact on human rights. It will be held from 8 to 10 August in Monrovia, Liberia.

The conference will be organized by IHEYO, the Youth Section of IHEU, and hosted by Yocads. It will enable humanists and human rights activists to exchange experiences and best practices.

The first day is a public conference for a wide audience to inform about superstitions. The second and third day is a training for selected group of participants in humanist and organisational development.
Africa’s development is hampered by all kinds of superstitious beliefs. Witch-’hunts’ is still a used practice in many Sub-Saharan countries, among them: Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal and Liberia. Through the contributions from activists fighting against these superstitious practices in West African countries, added with examples from elsewhere, participants will become aware of the difference and commonalities and will start discussing strategies to counter it.

The one day international conference will be held in Monrovia. The first conference day is open to all who register. The following two-day training will be organized for selected participants from IHEYO’s member organizations and a limited group of other humanists, such as those from other IHEU member organisations.

Registration forms will be made available in April, including conference venue and the programme.

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