U&S boosts cross-regional collaboration at advocacy meet

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U&S boosts cross-regional collaboration at advocacy meet

PRESS RELEASE – United and Strong’s regional human rights advocacy has taken a strong step forward  following an Advocacy Summit & Training Institute in Guyana.

Executive Director Kenita Placide, and Office and Education Manager Adaryl Williams, attended the November 16 -23 meeting which focussed on movement and capacity building, advocacy, sustainability and funding.

This convening brought together twenty-four (24) activists from thirteen (13) regional organisations representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA were among the countries represented.

As the eastern Caribbean hub of CariFLAGS, Placide explains, United and Strong is mandated to develop advocacy in the sub-region but also contributes to and benefits from the efforts of groups in the wider Caribbean. “As we experience very similar problems, although each on a different scale, we find cross-regional collaboration helps better target our advocacy and maximise our efforts,” says Placide.

“While there have been recent initiatives such as the legal challenge to the buggery law in Belize and Jamaica; a submission in Grenada to include LGBT in the constitution; work in Jamaica to expand the sexual offenses act; the recent letters to Ministers holding them accountable to their comments and statements in Barbados; the work on hate speech legislation in St Croix; the meeting did not focus on  those directly. This year’s focus was on mobilisation for our advocacy vision, programme, capacity and operations over the coming two years.”

Organised by CariFLAGS – the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and acceptance of Genders and Sexualities – with the support of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), the convening is a repeat of a 2013 gathering in Kingston, Jamaica.

This year’s activities included training and development; inter-organisational relationship-building; strategic decision making; and direct dialogue and partnership-building with CARICOM and funders interested in CariFLAGS’ work, and among major programme partners, including CVC about their shared futures.

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  1. MY THING IS, WHY THE F**K YOU ALL HAVE PARTS OF THE FLAG AS YOUR LOGO ?!!

    It borders on Plagiarism. I know it's a St.lucia based organization, but geez be bit more ORIGINAL AND CREATIVE !!

    MY GOD ! THAT'S LIKE BLATANT PLAGIARISM !!

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  2. Every one has a choice,if you choose to engage in the gay and lesbian lifestyle that is your choice, I don't have an issue with that. I am not the one you have to answer to at the end of it all. However, what I have the issue with is the fact that "you" (meaning the association) is trying force persons to accept the lifestyle, and rubbing it (no pun intended) in our faces.

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