Equal Rights Trust launches new study, Together for Equality


The Equal Rights Trust’s latest study, Together for Equality, brings together testimony from our partner equality defenders in 16 countries across the globe, to explore why and how a comprehensive approach to tackling discrimination works. The study is comprised of three parts:

  • Part 1: Adopting Comprehensive Equality Law, spotlights experiences from five countries which have recently adopted comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, based on testimonies received from equality defenders in Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Serbia and Ukraine.
  • Part 2: Building Equality Movements, draws on evidence collected from the Trust’s partners in Armenia, Botswana, Cabo Verde, India, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines, countries which are yet to adopt comprehensive equality law, but where civil society is coming together to advocate for the development and adoption of such legislation.
  • Part 3: Using the Law to Advance Equality, contains five individually authored case studies exploring how comprehensive equality laws have been used to combat different patterns of discrimination in Argentina, Canada, Moldova, South Africa, and the UK.

On Monday 1st November, the Trust will convene a virtual panel discussion, bringing together contributors from four different continents to discuss the findings of the Together for Equality study on the need for collective advocacy, the immediate benefits of collaboration between those working to combat discrimination, and the societal impacts of equality law reform. It will feature contributions from:

  • Virgínia Brás Gomes, Former Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Senior Social Policy Adviser (Portugal)
  • Jim Fitzgerald, Director, Equal Rights Trust
  • Dumiso Gatsha, Founder, Success Capital Organisation
  • Schona Jolly QC, Head of Human Rights, Cloisters Chambers
  • Tarunabh Khaitan, Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory, and Head of Research, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford

To register for the event, visit the following link.

Please click to read the study in English.