Equality in the Commonwealth

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Equality in the Commonwealth

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Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Kaleidoscope Trust are implementing a new joint programme that focuses on fighting discrimination against women and girls, LGBT+ people and other intersectionally disadvantaged groups.  

WFD and Kaleidoscope Trust’s new programme will focus on 13 Commonwealth countries in Africa, the Eastern Caribbean, Asia, and the Pacific that retain laws and policies that discriminate against women and girls, and LGBT+ people. It will support local decision-makers and civic actors as they progress towards a more equal and inclusive world. 

The programme is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) through the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) as part of the Commonwealth Equality Project. It runs from October 2020 through to March 2021. 

Avenues to equality and inclusion 

The programme aims to foster an environment in which local decision-makers and civil society actors are better able to advance equality and ensure that women and girls, and LGBT+ people are included in politics and society. It aims to create space and opportunity for enhanced collaboration and engagement between lawmakers and civil society organisations. 

Activities will focus on three main avenues to equality and inclusion: evidence and incentives, skills and tools, and links and relationships.

Research and evidence

The programme is filling gaps in research and evidence when it comes to better outcomes for women and girls, LGBT+ people, and society at large. This will bolster decision-makers’ incentives to act and support them to make the case for change over the coming months and beyond. 

Skills and tools

The programme works with civil society organisations that support and advocate for the rights of women and girls and LGBT+ people by ensuring they have the skills and tools they need to bring about change, including through tracking and assessing legislation. 

Links and relationships

The programme works to strengthen the links and relationships between civil society, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to make it easier for them to work together for equality.

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