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First Ever Café Humaniste Slated for May 25, 2019 in Liberia

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 Humanists International and its new Member Organization Humanists Liberia are glad to announce the first Café Humaniste ever organised in the country! The event will be held on 25 May at Lila Brown in the capital city of Monrovia on the theme: “Humanism and women’s empowerment”

Cornelia Kruah-Togba, a rising young female politician and social rights activist will serve as the guest speaker at the program on the theme Humanism and Women’s Empowerment. Ms. Togba runs her own all girls initiative called ”Young Women Empowerment Network”and believes passionately in the empowerment and advancement of women, children and the marginalized people.

Motto of Humanists Liberia: Rationality, Empathy and Equality

About Humanists Liberia

Humanists Liberia is sired out of the burning urge to promote rationality, empathy and equality and to inform and teach our people that they have the power, capacity and imagination to alter their destiny through efforts and talents. To assist them assimilate, discern, rationalize and critique information coming through. We want everyone to live a life of dignity in a world where universal human rights are respected and protected, and where the state upholds secularism. We work to defend human rights, particularly those of non-religious people, and promoting humanist values in Liberia.

Our history                                                                                Humanists Liberia was founded on January 25, 2019. (The day I received your first email). Our vision is a Humanist nation; a nation in which human rights are respected and everyone is able to live a life of dignity regardless of their age, sex, belief, race and tribe. We seek to influence national policy and spur science and reason.

Our strategy

Our strategy is to create a network of free and critical thinkers as a support group to accommodate avail comfort and counselling to those who are struggling with leaving their religions. To lobby the governments in support of initiatives that advance novel secularism, science and humanist policies.

Management and Governance

Humanists Liberia is governed by a President who will be elected every three years. The President works in consonance with five members -Board, elected from among our members every 2- year.

Humanists Liberia is an organization of free and critical thinkers, atheists and agnostics living in Liberia who subscribe to humanism as a life stance, fight to protect human rights & promote rational thinking. We believe we can create a better society through science and reason without recourse from superstitions.

Humanists Liberia is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union – IHEU and subscribes to the Amsterdam Declaration of 2002.

We believe in building a society based on human dignity, compassion for all life and ethical values. We believe Liberians have the power to power, imagination and scholarship to turn situation of poverty to wealth and prosperity. To determine their own lives and to find meaning based on human relationships and reason.

  • To promote an ethical life based on reason and human values.
  • To support human rights in the belief that all people are worthy of respect as long as they are not infringing on the rights or well-being of others.
  • To promote science and critical thinking as the primary ways to understand the world.
  • To transcend divisive loyalties based on race, religion, gender, politics, nationality, class and ethnicity.
  • To support an open, pluralistic and diverse society.
  • To support our secular state that guarantees freedom of religion for all.
  • To provide a support network for those who have no religious beliefs or wish to question their own received assumptions
  • To promote the separation of religion and state
  • Organizes a week-long Summer School.  This is a week-long theme-based event with lectures, discussions and workshops, as well as plenty of social activities.
  • works hard to voice the Humanist and secular viewpoint in print, broadcast and online media.
  • organizes seminars and workshops and contributes to cultural life.
  • works closely with local, regional Humanist groups.
  • makes appropriate submissions to Government for changes in the Constitution, Legislation and State practices.
  • organizes formal campaigns to further the aims of the Association.
  • Build and run a High School to mold the next generation of humanist, free and critical thinking leaders.

Objectives

  1. To organize into an association and promote co-ordination amongst all persons, institutions, organizations and others engaged in or interested in or connected with or working for promoting human rights and critical thinking in Liberia and globally.
  2. To organize conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings and forums for the discussion of matters bordering on human rights, humanism and the promotion of critical thinking in Liberia.
  3. To coordinate with other professional agencies, association and organizations so as to share experiences, information, publications and resources towards promoting human rights and critical thinking in Liberia and globally.

 

Humanism

 

Amsterdam Declaration

As part of the international humanist movement, we support the official defining statement of World Humanism passed unanimously by the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002.

  • Humanism is ethical. It affirms the worth, dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human being to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others. Humanists have a duty of care to all humanity including future generations. Humanists believe that morality is an intrinsic part of human nature based on understanding and a concern for others, needing no external sanction.
  • Humanism is rational. It seeks to use science creatively, not destructively. Humanists believe that the solutions to the world’s problems lie in human thought and action rather than divine intervention. Humanism advocates the application of the methods of science and free inquiry to the problems of human welfare. But Humanists also believe that the application of science and technology must be tempered by human values. Science gives us the means but human values must propose the ends.
  • Humanism supports democracy and human rights. Humanism aims at the fullest possible development of every human being. It holds that democracy and human development are matters of right. The principles of democracy and human rights can be applied to many human relationships and are not restricted to methods of government.
  • Humanism insists that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility. Humanism ventures to build a world on the idea of the free person responsible to society, and recognizes our dependence and responsibility for the natural world. Humanism is undogmatic, imposing no creed upon its adherents. It is thus committed to education free from indoctrination.
  • Humanism is a response to the widespread demand for an alternative to dogmatic religion. The world’s major religions claim to be based on revelations fixed for all time, and many seek to impose their world-view on all of humanity. Humanism recognizes that reliable knowledge of the world and ourselves arises through a continuing process of observation, evaluation and revision.
  • Humanism values artistic creativity and imagination and recognizes the transforming power of art. Humanism affirms the importance of literature, music, and the visual and performing arts for personal development and fulfilment.
  • Humanism is a life stance aiming at the maximum possible fulfilment through the cultivation of ethical and creative living and offers an ethical and rational means of addressing the challenges of our time. Humanism can be a way of life for everyone everywhere.

The Amsterdam Declaration explicitly states that Humanism rejects dogma, and imposes no creed upon its adherents.

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