Combating discrimination and promoting equality as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice
The Equal Rights Trust is an independent international organisation whose purpose is to combat discrimination and promote equality as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice. Established as an advocacy organisation, resource centre and a think tank, it focuses on the complex relationship between different types of discrimination, developing strategies for translating the principles of equality into practice.
The Equal Rights Trust is governed by an international Board of Trustees and is registered as a charity under UK law. It opened office in January 2007.
The strategies for achieving the ERT goals include:
Much of the work of the Trust is organised according to cross-cutting thematic and country priorities, for each of which a combination of all or some of the major strategies is employed.
The ERT Approach to Non-discrimination and Equality
They all have something in common: disadvantage and discrimination. But the fight against discrimination today is fragmented, weakened by identity politics and there is little understanding of the overarching aspects of discrimination. The Equal Rights Trust works to break the closed boxes of the struggle for equality and to enhance solidarity among all who suffer from discrimination.
Taking stock of the highest achieved levels of protection against discrimination, best practices and current discussions, The Equal Rights Trust promotes a holistic, unified approach to non-discrimination and equality.
ERT is the only international organisation focusing exclusively on the right to equality and approaching equality from a unitary human rights framework. The unified framework brings together:
The unified equality framework is expressed in the Declaration of Principles on Equality adopted and endorsed by hundreds of equality and human rights experts in October 2008. ERT aims at simplifying, harmonising, integrating and modernising the currently fragmented and incoherent ideas on and approaches to equality of rights.