The Equal Rights Trust has recently launched a new initiative to support groups and organisations in Commonwealth of Nations member countries working to advocate for the adoption of comprehensive equality laws. As part of this initiative, we are inviting bids from organisations interested in receiving financial, technical and strategic support for the development of advocacy strategies to secure the adoption of comprehensive equality laws in their country. We are grateful to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for providing the funding to support this project.

The Equal Rights Trust is pleased to launch the Bob Hepple Equality Law Fellowship to support individuals interested in increasing their knowledge and experience in the field of equality law. The Fellowship is launched in memory of the late Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, c

We are pleased to launch a call for applications for the #NoCOVIDiscrimination Initiative Grant Scheme.

Following the success of our online training on identifying, documenting and challenging discriminatory responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding three more webinars in English and Spanish. We previously held the training in English and Russian. 

Last month, the Equal Rights Trust submitted evidence to three different consultations by UN special rapporteurs, each of which examined a different dimension of the role of equality law in the realisation of rights and development. The evidence provided – collected through our work supporting equality defenders around the world – serves to underline the essential role of equality laws in ensuring that everyone can participate in society on an equal basis.

As an organisation whose mission is to eliminate all forms of discrimination and to promote a world in which everyone can participate on an equal basis, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests and the wider movement. At this time, we want to use our platform to amplify the voices of those working to fight racial injustice. 

Today, the Equal Rights Trust is pleased to announce the launch of a major new initiative to support equality defenders in their efforts to secure the adoption of comprehensive equality laws. Working in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Trust will develop Protecting Minority Rights: A Practical Guide on Developing Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Legislation, due to be published in 2021.

Today we are launching the #NoCOVIDiscrimination Initiative to help equality defenders in their essential work to identify, document and challenge discriminatory responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, we are offering free, online training. Our first training will be held in English on the 25 June (10.00-12.00 BST) and will cover: