Equal Rights Coalition Civil Society Roles & Structure Proposal
20 November 2018
Since the founding of the Equal Rights Coalition in 2016 in Montevideo and at previous intergovernmental conferences on LGBTI human rights, civil society has played a key and important role. This role and structure, however, has been relatively undefined. A significant step forward was made in December 2017 with the creation of an interim ERC CSO Core Group Network structure. A new commitment to participate document was circulated among CSOs and as of November 1, 73 CSOs have signed a document to participate in the ERC CSO network and listserv. The network is a mechanism to ensure that civil society organizations and organizations working to advance LGBTI human rights contribute to and engage with the ERC structure and that there is communication between member states and civil society on the work of the coalition. There is also a core group of 26 CSOs who have met monthly since the creation of this network. Much of the work over the past year was around CSO participation in the global conference in Vancouver. This structure was a pilot to exist for one year, until January 2019.