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ECADE launches training manual on IDAHOTB 2020

ECADE, on Wednesday May 20, 2020, officially presented “A Legal Gap Analysis of Laws Affecting the Right to Mental Health for Girls, Women and LGBT+ People in the Eastern Caribbean” by Richie Maitland. 

This paper is part of a larger project by the Kaleidoscope Trust's Equality and Justice Alliance (EJA) and ECADE, to identify and reform discriminatory laws in select countries in the eastern Caribbean. The project was commissioned by the mental health and wellbeing working group led by the SweetWater Foundation and . 

The larger project covers three thematic areas - anti-discrimination, sexual and reproductive health and rights and mental health and wellbeing. The reports from these projects will be made available by ECADE on the Resources page of this website. 

Find the report here: “A Legal Gap Analysis of Laws Affecting the Right to Mental Health for Girls, Women and LGBT+ People in the Eastern Caribbean”

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(Castries,Friday, 15 May 2020) The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) will launch a Trainer’s Manual for Inclusion and Diversity in the Caribbean, as we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOTB). The event, in collaboration with the Kaleidoscope Trust's Equality and Justice Alliance (EJA), takes place via the Zoom platform on May 17, 2020. The launch of this manual is no more appropriate than at this time, when the effects of discrimination, violence and active neglect of marginalised communities are startlingly evident. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the Caribbean are among those made more vulnerable by COVID-19, as are persons with disabilities (PWD) and people living with HIV (PLHIV). As the UN OHCHR notes, COVID-19 exacerbates already existing inequalities. LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be among those living with compromised immune systems, including some PLHIV, the unemployed, people living in poverty or home-less. LGBTQ+ people routinely suffer stigma and discrimination in healthcare, distribution of state resources and delivery of services.  [More...]

In the wake of Luis Almagro’s controversial re-election as OAS Secretary General, Caribbean civil society groups are seeking to hold him accountable to the human rights mandate of the office. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Transsexual, Travesti and Intersex (LGBTTTI) Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean working within ​the framework of the OAS urges him to reaffirm his commitment to the human rights of all people without discrimination, based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics, as well as the human rights of sex workers.

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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.

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- To promote cooperation between LGBTI organisations in the eastern Caribbean;

- To promote understanding and goodwill between all the peoples of the Eastern Caribbean.

ECADE presents EJA Project's mental health research

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​Manual developed by Dr. Nastassia Rambarrand and Michael Rapley

​​​Caribbean NGOs urge OAS Secretary

General to fulfil commitments