Sisters For Change is launching a series of reports on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance. This report commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Prof. Aileen McColgan analyses international and regional anti-discrimination and equality standards relating to sex/gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and presents models of good practice of constitutional equality norms and anti-discrimination and equality laws from across the world.
The report provides a detailed consideration of the extent to which discrimination on grounds of sex/gender, sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited in the domestic laws of 14 countries across the five regions of the Commonwealth (Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Pacific). The countries which have been selected for review are India, Malaysia, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, South Africa, The Bahamas, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom. The purpose of the report is to support legislative reform of discriminatory laws in Commonwealth countries in order to advance equality and strengthen equal protection of the law for all Commonwealth citizens.