We work with parliamentarians, government ministers, officials and policy makers to try to effect real change in the lives of LGBT communities around the world. With our base in the UK we urge the British government and Commonwealth stakeholders to use their influence in support of the rights of LGBT people.
Given that a large number of Commonwealth countries still suffer from the impact of British colonial legacy, high-level advocacy must be grounded by strong movements for change from within member states. We respond to the needs of activists in Commonwealth members states to challenge the inequalities the LGBT community face, and support them in building broader civil society alliances.
Active memberships of The Commonwealth Equality Network includes 32 LGBTI and human rights organisations drawn from 32 Commonwealth countries and two pan Commonwealth organisations and thus the network has members in every Commonwealth region. These members are located in Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, UK and regional networks on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
The Kaleidoscope Trust recognizes the specificity of each individual country, and that progress varies from place to place. Our work will always be guided by the experience and requirements of local activists. Besides the Commonwealth Equality Network since our launch in 2011, we have met campaigners on the ground in countries including Armenia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia. When invited to do so, we partner with local activists and organisations in trying to move public and political opinion in favour of human rights for all.
Fighting criminalisation, discrimination, persecution and violence requires well-presented arguments based on reliable evidence. We commission and promote research to relay data and bring the facts to the attention of policy makers, the media and the public so the case against homophobia and transphobia is heard as widely as possible.