The project will run initially for two years, and will focus on three main objectives:
The project is known as ‘IDEAS’, standing for “Increasing Diversity, Equality, and Security in South Asia,” empowering humanist groups and individuals in the region. The main pathways of change for this project are: security (of activists), cooperation (inside/outside the humanist community), awareness (on the discrimination faced by the non religious), reputation and resources (of humanist organizations). With a series of tailored training events on safety, communications, advocacy and membership we will work to strengthen the capacities of our network of humanist organizations in the region.
Envisaged as a pilot programme, it is hoped that the organization will be able to roll out similar programmes together with members in other regions of the world, should it be successful.
In order to implement this exciting new project, Humanists International has hired a new Project Coordinator, Jason Lemieux. Jason has previously worked for the Centre for Inquiry and brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
Jason Lemieux, newly appointed Project Coordinator for Humanists International, commented:
“I’m excited to be joining the Humanists International team for such an exciting project, and I look forward to the opportunity to build relationships with the humanist community across South Asia.”
Uttam Niraula, Board member of Humanists International, and Executive Director of the Society for Humanism Nepal, said:
“This is a really exciting project for SOCH Nepal, and a great opportunity to increase the collaboration between Humanists International and its members in South Asia.
“We look forward to implementing this exciting new project, and sharing the outcomes and experiences we learn with other organizations around the world.”