Our Story

Since our inception in 2014, our journey at ISHRAI has been one of unwavering dedication and tireless effort.

Our Mission?

To address the complex challenges faced by LGBTQI individuals in Nigeria. Guided by a trauma-informed and gender-affirmative approach, we have taken the lead in providing comprehensive and inclusive services that cover a spectrum of critical issues.

From the very beginning, our focus has been on creating a safe and supportive space for LGBTQI individuals. We understand the multifaceted nature of the challenges they face, and our approach is rooted in empathy and understanding. We’ve taken steps to address gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive rights abuses, and the broad range of concerns that affect LGBTQI individuals in Nigeria.

Our journey began with the simple idea of collaboration – joining hands with communities to develop sustainable solutions to violence and discrimination. As we worked side by side with individuals and groups, we realized that our impact extended far beyond the immediate community. We were shaping society at large, planting seeds of change that would grow into a more accepting and inclusive environment.

As the years went by, we expanded our horizons. We formed crucial partnerships with local and national organizations, pooling our resources and expertise to bring about systemic change. Our efforts extended beyond just addressing issues – we were shaping policies, influencing minds, and fostering a society that respects and values the rights and well-being of LGBTQI individuals.

A fundamental pillar of our commitment is to nurture a future defined by equality, unity, and empowerment. We believe that by standing together, we can create lasting change. Through prevention and intervention initiatives, we are building a foundation that will support future generations in living free from discrimination, stigma, and fear.

Our story is one of progress, resilience, and hope. It’s a story of individuals coming together to transform society and create a better world for all. At ISHRAI, our past is inspiring, our present is impactful, and our future is filled with the promise of a more inclusive Nigeria. Join us on this journey as we continue to empower change and foster equality for every LGBTQI individual.