The Equal Rights Trust is an independent international organisation combating discrimination and advancing equality worldwide. We currently work in over 40 countries, pursuing our objectives through advocacy, litigation, development of resources, and movement building.
People We Help
- The ethnic minority man who is ill-treated in detention.
- The woman prevented by written law or custom from inheriting property.
- The daughter who is threatened by the unwritten law allowing her father to kill her because she is dating the wrong man.
- The immigrant stranded in a cycle of detention because he is stateless.
- The member of a religious minority community persecuted because of their faith.
- The couple humiliated in a café because they appear to be gay.
- The child who will remain illiterate because she is deaf and denied access to education.
- The woman who is dismissed as a TV presenter because she is of a certain age.
A Unique Approach
- Inequalities based on different grounds, such as race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, among others.
- Inequalities across different areas of life, such as the administration of justice, employment, education, and the provision of goods and services.
- Socio-economic and status inequalities
Our Long Term Objectives
- To document, expose and help eliminate violations of the fundamental right to non-discrimination, formulated in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and subsequent international treaties.
- To ensure greater accountability of States and non-State actors with a view to their obligation to protect individuals against discrimination and promote equality.
- To empower victims of discrimination in combating abuses.
- To improve the public understanding of the right to non-discrimination and promote a broader consensus regarding equality as a value in present-day societies.
- To contribute to developing the substantive and procedural aspects of the universal human right to non-discrimination.
- To promote effective enforcement of existing anti-discrimination law and policies.
- To facilitate the adoption of comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and policies, without which the right to equality is not adequately protected.