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Event: Advancing equality and influencing change

Formal political spaces, such as parliamentary and ministerial settings, have long been used by civil society and other change-makers as the default stage for their advocacy efforts. However, in recent years, the importance of informal political spaces has increased considerably, turning them into vital platforms that have proved critical in enabling these groups to advance the rights of women, girls and LGBT+ people.


Kaleidoscope Trust and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) are delighted to invite you to join us to explore how we can better understand the role that informal political spaces, and those operating within their boundaries, can play in creating change for women, girls and LBGT+ people. This event will take place on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 7pm GMT and will bring together civil society alongside non-traditional political change-makers from across the Commonwealth.



  • Joleen Mataele, Tonga Leitis Association (she/her)
  • The Honorable Frederica Tuita, Princess of Tonga (she/her)
  • Caleb Orozco, United Belize Advocacy Movement (he/him)
  • Kim Simplis Barrow, Former First Lady of Belize (she/her)
  • He-Jin Kim, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (they/them)
  • Pregs Govender, Former Chair of Parliament’s Women’s Committee and South African Human Rights Commissioner (she/her)



Shannon O’Connell, Director of Programmes, WFD (she/her)


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This event is part of Kaleidoscope Trust and WFD’s ‘Commonwealth Equality Project’, which is funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office. Together, we are funding, empowering and supporting those working at the intersection of LGBT+ human rights, the rights of women and girls, and children's rights.