Established in 2013, The Commonwealth Equality Network is a network of Commonwealth civil society organisations working to challenge inequality in the Commonwealth, based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Network was set up with the aim of giving a voice to LGBTI communities across the Commonwealth and to support joint advocacy in identifying a Commonwealth solution to a Commonwealth problem. Much like the Commonwealth itself, the membership of the Network is dominated by organisations in low and middle-income countries, in particular sub Saharan Africa. The spread of members – many of them in existence for more than ten years – shows how widespread and longstanding support for LGBTI rights is within the Commonwealth and demonstrates the importance of civil society in leading the way on challenging homophobia and transphobia.
Every decision about the Network is taken by the membership and agreed on a consensus basis. The day-to-day governance of the Network is undertaken by the Management Committee:
- Chair - EQUAL GROUND, Sri Lanka
- Co-Chair - Access Chapter 2, South Africa
- Secretary - United Belize Advocacy Movement
- Treasurer - Kaleidoscope Trust, UK
- Regional Representative Africa - Sexual Minorities Uganda
- Regional Representative Americas - United and Strong, St Lucia
- Regional Representative Asia - Bandhu Social Welfare Society, Bangladesh
- Regional Representative Europe - Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement
- Regional Representative Pacific - Pacific Sexual Diversity Network
The Network is administered by a Secretariat based in London, UK.