The equality and non-discrimination program seeks to ensure equality, protection and enjoyment of the rights of marginalized communities.

The program is implemented against the backdrop of growing equality and discrimination against women, youth, people with disabilities and sexual minorities, in the face of progressive national, regional and international human instruments. Political and economic trends have driven inequality and social exclusion, and insecurity. An overpowering and corrosive narrative of “otherness” has further compounded this.

The program aims to achieve the following specific objectives

  • Laws, policies and practices adopt equality and non-discrimination as guiding principle and standard [removal of formal/structural barriers to access and participation supported]
  • Full and effective participation of marginalized constituencies in decision making at all levels is promoted
  • Contributions and aspirations of marginalized constituencies fully recognized and capacitated as equal partners in development and in society
  • Just and fair distribution of and access to resources and services enhanced for marginalized groups

The key priority areas of the program include:

  • Women
  • Youth
  • People with Disabilities
  • LGBTIs