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Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality

Kenita Placide with OutGames Ivan Caro - CEO, Keith Hart - COO and Iynare Robbins - Human Rights Director

ECADE launches on Human Rights Day 2016

ECADE will provide support to the strategies of member organisations in:

As the world joins to observe international Human Rights Day on December 10, several organisations across the eastern Caribbean have come together to launch the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality or ECADE. ECADE was ratified in November 2016 during a two-day meeting in Saint Lucia, which follows an initial meeting held in Grenada in February, 2015. At the Saint Lucia meeting, members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) and human rights organisations from the eastern Caribbean, including Barbados and Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, met to discuss and endorse policy and governance issues and next steps to guide this new network over the coming years.

“We are all as Caribbean citizens guaranteed certain rights and freedoms by our constitutions in order to live a full and productive life,” states ECADE Communications Officer Maria Fontenelle. “ Yet, across the Caribbean today, our people are being denied the right to live a complete life and face unfair and biased treatment at home, at work, in schools and public spaces because of perceptions of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and their intersex status. ECADE, was formed in response to this continuing discrimination.”


An empowered eastern Caribbean that promotes a culture of human rights, equality, justice and respect for all people.

Our Misson

  • Mounting Constitutional challenges to discriminatory law - pushing the boundaries of right to privacy, non-discrimination etc.
  • Strengthening local organisations in the EC through registration and formalisation
  • Stakeholder training of health sector, judges, police, media etc.
  • Capacity building of LGBTQI community and key sectors on governance and legal issues
  • Creating a regional platform/mechanism to amply positive and moderate voices 
  •  Amplifying messaging for equality and dignity under the law
  • Monitoring and challenging media messages about LGBTQI and in media sensitisation

As the World OutGames prepares to welcome thousands of participants, spectators and thought leaders from around the globe to Miami in 2017, the board met to continue planning for the massive event. ECADE's executive Director Kenita Placide, who is a member of the board, attended the two-day meeting in Miami. The 10-day event will bring to life more than 450 events across three areas: Sport, Culture and Human Rights. World OutGames Miami is licensed by GLISA – the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association. 

Ensuring Caribbean representation

at World OutGames (Miami 2017)

Our Vision

To strengthen regional capacity for the defence and full recognition of human rights through intersectional collaboration, training, network expansion, development of grassroots HRDs and organisations and sensitisation of policy makers, legislators, government and service providers.