Creating Major Advocacy Tools
Our international advocacy uses procedures to subject states to scrutiny. In order to do this effectively we make regular submissions to the Human Rights Council and to UN Treaty Bodies, providing evidence on patterns of discrimination and an analysis of equality laws and policies in different countries.
At the domestic level, we engage directly with national governments and parliaments to promote improved legal and policy frameworks related to equality.
In 2014, our sustained advocacy in Ukraine contributed to the adoption of a law which provided LGBT individuals with the chance to stand up to discrimination in employment.
In November 2015, in collaboration with our partner in Jordan, we held a highly successful public event on the administrative detention of female victims of domestic violence held in “protective custody”, which was attended by civil society, parliamentarians and those working in the detention system. Two weeks later, it was announced that the Council of Ministers had approved the building of shelters for women at risk of violence.
Building Advocacy Movements
In Kenya, we successfully established a coalition of over 60 organisations to campaign for legal reform on equality. We provided training, facilitated an expert working group and supported engagement with the government. This work laid the foundations for the establishment of a national human rights institution focused on combatting all forms of discrimination.
In Croatia, we established the Croatia Equality Forum, providing a platform for civil society organisations to engage with the government’s legal reform process and to secure amendments to laws such as the Labour Act and the Family Act.