A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

Working to uphold the human rights of LGBTI+ people across the Commonwealth.
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35 of the 56 Commonwealth member
states criminalise same-sex intimacy.

The Commonwealth Equality Network envisions a Commonwealth free from discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.

WHO WE ARE

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Organisations

OUR MISSION

We are an inclusive network that promotes cooperation, understanding and solidarity among diverse LGBTI+ organisations to collectively defend the rights and equality of LGBTI+ people throughout the Commonwealth.

OUR VISION

A Commonwealth free from discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.

OUR MEMBERS

Our network is a mosaic of organisations working together for a Commonwealth free from violence and discrimination against LGBTI+ people.

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MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

EQUAL GROUND

EQUAL GROUND is a nonprofit organisation seeking economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning/Queer (LGBTIQ) community of Sri Lanka.

Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities

We are a human rights community based advocacy organisation with the goal to advance the protection of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex persons in the kingdom of Eswatini.

NEWS

TCEN proposals at CHOGM 2022

Key priorities and asks Provide sustainable funding: Funding and investment for LGBTI+ organisations, programming, and services. a. Effective, long-term, and consistent financial investment for civil society organisations and service providers who support LGBTI+...

CEDAW committee rules that criminalisation of same-sex intimacy between women is a human rights violation

In March 2022, in a landmark decision by The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Sri Lanka was found to be violating the rights of a lesbian and leading LGBTI activist who was subjected to discrimination, threats and...

The Commonwealth Equality Network responds to the controversy surrounding the UK’s Safe to Be Me conference

The Commonwealth Equality Network would like to extend our solidarity and appreciation to the LGBTI+ communities and organisations in the United Kingdom, who have stood up and spoken out against the treatment of trans persons by the UK Government.  As a network...

Commonwealth Day 2022 – Delivering a Common Future

To mark Commonwealth Day 2022, The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) would like to express its pride in and admiration of the work undertaken by its members over the past two years. Although LGBTI persons across the Commonwealth faced discrimination, violence and...

External Evaluation of the Fighting the Reversing Tide Project

Kaleidoscope Trust is seeking a consultant/consultancy team to undertake an external evaluation of the Fighting the Reversing Tide Project.

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT INTERVENTIONS FOR MEMBER ORGANISATIONS OF TCEN

Background: Founded in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people in countries around the world where they are discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender...

Statement on Tonga volcanic eruption

The Commonwealth Equality Network is deeply concerned about our friends and colleagues at the Tonga Leitis Association (TLA), the people of the Kingdom of Tonga and Fiji and those across the Pacific Islands who have been impacted by the devastating eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai and the tsunami that followed.

The Commonwealth Equality Network on Human Rights Day 2021

In many countries across the Commonwealth, the rights ostensibly enshrined to LGBTI+ people at birth are violated, time and again, owing to a legacy of harm resulting from discriminatory laws made many years ago, and upheld by those who do not believe warrant the same protections as other citizens.

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Global Affairs Canada supports The Commonwealth Equality Network to address inequality and discrimination in the world

In 35 out of the 54 countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender-diverse (LGBTI+) is still considered a criminal offence, sometimes punishable with up to 15 years of imprisonment – or even the death penalty....

Consultancy Opportunity: TCEN Learning and Development Needs Assessment

Background: Founded in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people in countries around the world where they are discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender...
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