In each country where we work, we undertake an assessment of the needs and constraints of civil society organisations involved in combatting discrimination. We assess the knowledge of national and international equality law and practices and we identify obstacles to advocacy and litigation. This analysis helps us to plan the approach we take with civil society and other actors and provides a baseline against which we can assess our progress.
Providing Expert Training
Supporting parliamentarians in Myanmar to promote laws prohibiting hate speech and discrimination; and
Training lawyers and civil society activists in Jordan to combat discriminatory torture and ill-treatment.
Reaching Far and Wide to Build Skills
Our equality movements span throughout countries. In addition to training equality advocates, we establish small-grant schemes to develop the skills and capacity of civil society actors fighting discrimination.
These schemes involve training and guidance on how to monitor and document cases and patterns of discrimination, how to engage in advocacy and how to develop legal cases.
Amplifying the Call for Change
We have established national Equality Forums in many countries which brings together organisations working on behalf of different groups exposed to discrimination, supporting them to develop and implement strategies for joint advocacy.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, we established an Equality Forum with 61 member organisations representing all of the country’s constituent peoples and national minorities.
In partnership with the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Guyana we established an Equality Forum which has proved highly effective in increasing civil society support for LGBT advocacy.