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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 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.

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Official photo of the 47th OAS General Assembly

St Croix hosts fourth annual  Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference (CWSDC)


Theme: “Starting here; starting now: Setting the foundation for sustainable engagement”


The CWSDC is a forum for Caribbean women to develop a regional network of support for activism related to the recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, with an emphasis on women’s issues. Liberty Place of St Croix, USVI, hosted the October 4 - 7, 2016 conference with United and Strong Inc. of Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), a regional network of human rights NGOs. 


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Find the CWSDC 2016 Agenda here

News

        (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.

 Of note is the adoption of the Omnibus Resolution on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights; the election of three new Commissioners to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR); and the decision to double the regular funds assigned to the IACHR and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on women. 

“There is clearly a recognition among the majority of OAS members of the need to strengthen mechanisms to investigate human rights violations, secure justice for survivors of violence and others facing discrimination and ensure the protection of all peoples of the Caribbean,” says ECADE’s Communications and Advocacy Officer Maria Fontenelle...

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Caribbean representation at Human Rights Conference of  World OutGames

(Miami 2017)

LBT activists at the 2016 CWSDC

Welcome to our newsroom! This is what's happening with ECADE and our member organisations in the eastern Caribbean. 

ECADE

Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality

ECADE officially launches

ECADE welcomes new IACHR commissioners
notes Caribbean States’ reservations on human rights

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