ECADE welcomes new IACHR commissioners
notes Caribbean States’ reservations on human rights
Board members gathered for a three-day accountability and governance workshop in May to build their capacity to better meet ECADE's goals. Consultant Josh Drayton of the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, conducted the workshop, following an in-depth institutional assessment.
The meeting, in Saint Lucia, also reviewed ECADE's policy documents, including its strategic plan.
The Board left with a better vision and much firmer structure to achieve its long-term goals.
(Castries, June 22, 2017) On the heels of the 47th General Assembly of the Organisation of American Sates (OAS), the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) welcomes several positive decisions coming out of the meeting. ECADE notes, however, reservations expressed by eastern Caribbean governments in respect of the Resolution on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The 2017 assembly was hosted in Cancun, Mexico from June 19 - 21, 2017.
An empowered eastern Caribbean that promotes a culture of human rights, equality, justice and respect for all people.
Caribbean LBTQI/Women’s Conference Marks Historic 5th year
Conference organisers say over the years the conference has focused on empowering activists to better serve their communities and region. This empowerment is reflected not only in the work that activists return home to do, but also their growing involvement in the conference as presenters and organisers.
“Human rights and the extension of human rights to LBT women and other vulnerable groups across the Caribbean remains a strong focus of the conference. As organisers who are activists ourselves, we understand that empowerment must take a holistic approach; thus catering to both organisational development, but also personal development,” organiser Lysanne Charles of ECADE and St. Maarten/St. Martin Alliance For Equality (SAFE) says.
Some 50 plus activists and presenters from 20 countries are expected at the regional conference and come from islands and countries spanning from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south and Belize, Guyana and Suriname on the mainland.
“For CWSDC, diversity is always a key component; this includes nationality, age, physical ability etc. It is important that voices from the entire Caribbean are heard and we do our best to embolden and energise as many activists and organisations in as many countries as possible, because it is great if individually we are strong, but we know that together we are always stronger,” says organiser Jassica St. Rose of United and Strong.
With the aim of creating change through individual development, #CWSDC5 celebrates the significant contribution of Caribbean LBTI people to their diverse communities. The 2017 conference explores how women and LBTI people live and love at the intersection of the personal and political, their commitment to maintaining our collective bonds of family, culture and identity while creating spaces for self-actualisation and expression beyond hetero- and gender-normative structures. The conference focussed on creating change through individual development and community mobilisation. The CWSDC engages active women human rights defenders’ working in a Caribbean context.
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Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality
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.
(Saint Lucia, Oct. 10, 2017) From October 5 to October 9, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LBTQI) activists from across the region gathered on Saint Lucia for the 5th annual Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference (CWSDC). The groundbreaking pre-eminent networking event for LBTQI activists was convened under the theme ‘Self-Development for Community Empowerment’.
“The first ever Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference was held on Curacao in 2013. Since then the event has traveled the Caribbean from Suriname to Trinidad to St. Croix and now, because of the steadfast involvement of United and Strong, to Saint Lucia,” organiser Kenita Placide says.
Maria Fontenelle, co-coordinator of the event since its inception, notes “The CWSDC is, in more than one aspect, the premier event for LBTQI activists to grow their skills and network. It has grown in recognition and scope around the region, particularly because of the work in which activists engage post-conference. It is now vested in the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), which as a regional organisation, is better poised to maintain it.”