Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality
ECADE's Board was voted-in by a general meeting in February 2017 in St. John’s Antigua. Most representatives are drawn from a planning committee formed at an introductory meeting of ECADE membership in Saint Lucia in November 2016. This meeting was attended by individuals selected by their local organisations.
At a 2015 Eastern Caribbean Litigation, Advocacy and Strategy meeting convened in Grenada, activists from organisations in the various islands called for the revamp or creation of a regional hub. Now identified as ECADE, this hub builds on the shoulders of the previous network, the Caribbean HIV AIDS Partnership (CHAP). It also draws from efforts by CariFLAGS to advance collaborative advocacy in the region.
The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc., will rationalize and revitalize regional organizing in the small island Caribbean. This strategy has been recognized as an effective means of organizing, given the size and similarity of the populations. ECADE builds on direct experiences and lessons learnt from previous efforts to develop a similar structure for advocacy in the region.