The Equal Rights Trust

Statement of Interest

1. The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) submits this parallel report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the Committee) for its forthcoming review of the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of Guyana under Article 18 of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention).

2. ERT is an independent international organisation whose purpose is to combat discrimination and promote equality as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice. Established as an advocacy organisation, resource centre and think tank, it focuses on the complex relationship between different types of discrimination and inequality, developing strategies for translating the principles of equality into practice.
3. In the course of its mission, ERT undertakes research on the patterns of discrimination – including gender based discrimination – which prevail in different states, and of the adequacy of domestic legislation and policy to address these forms of discrimination. ERT also undertakes projects, in partnership with civil society organisations, to develop the capacity of these organisations to undertake documentation, advocacy and litigation in order to enhance the realization of the rights to equality and non-discrimination in their country. Since 2010, ERT has been involved in two projects, undertaken in partnership with the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) focused on empowering civil society to challenge discrimination in Guyana. While this work

has focused on the protection of persons of different sexual orientation or gender identity, ERT has also documented significant discrimination against other groups, including women, which will contribute to a forthcoming report on addressing discrimination an inequality in Guyana. The present submission is based on the findings of this research.

Read entire report here: TheEqualRightsTrust_for_the_session_Guyana_CEDAW52

Source – Equal Rights Trust