Who we are

Governing Bodies

The governance of the Equal Rights Coalition is run through three key bodies, covering Member States, civil society organisations, and multilaterals.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises the State Co-Chairs, Civil Society Co-Chairs, State Co-Chairs of the Thematic Groups, and UNAIDS and the World Bank. 

They meet regularly to agree on key decisions and progress the work of the ERC. This body is vital to provide overall governance and oversight of the ERC mechanism, to set priorities for the Coalition, and to agree on internal procedures and processes.

Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee comprises all 42 Member States, plus the Civil Society Co-Chairs and the Civil Society Thematic Group Co-Chairs.

They meet regularly to agree the overall direction of the Coalition, and coordinate upcoming ERC activities.

Civil Society Core Group

Governance of civil society is led by the Civil Society Core Group, chaired by the Civil Society Co-Chairs, and attended by civil society members who take active roles in the ERC.

The criteria for membership, as listed in the Terms of Reference, are involvement in at least one Thematic Group and experience working at the international/regional level OR with their national government on advancing human rights. The Core Group should also reflect diversity across geographic regions and identity groups. Terms are two years, in parallel to the overall co-chairship (currently extended to three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Selection occurs by CSOs indicating their interest to the Co-Chairs.

The Core Group meets monthly to coordinate civil society activities, set priorities for civil society, run decision-making processes, and agree on internal procedures.

The 2019-22 members are: 100% Diversidad y Derechos; Access Chapter 2; APCOM; Asociación Familias Diversas de Argentina; COC Nederlands; Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA); Conurbanos por la Diversidad; Council for Global Equality; CREA; Dignity Network; Equal Asia Foundation; FRI; Fundación Colectivo Hombres XX A.C.; GATE; Human Rights Campaign; Humanity First Cameroon; ILGA World; International Family Equality Day; Intersex Human Rights Australia; Kaleidoscope Trust; Kapul Champions; Musas de Metal Grupo de Mujeres; Namibia Diverse Women’s Association; OTD-Chile; OutRight; RFSL – Swedish Federation; Stonewall; Synergía Initiatives for Human Rights; UNIBAM; Unión Afirmativa.

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National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

19 November 2021


2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021


CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

07 July 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic & LGBTIQ+ communities: a call for action for government & multilateral donors

20 April 2021

Research Briefing

Gender Recognition and Trans Rights in the UK

20 October 2020


Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities

20 April 2020


ERC 2021 Convening Civil Society Statement

09 July 2021

Strategic Document

Equal Rights Coalition Strategic Plan 2021-2026

06 July 2021

Strategic Document

Annex B: Five-Year Implementation Plan

06 July 2021


A statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on serious human rights violations and abuses against LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

19 April 2021


Equal Rights Coalition’s (ERC) statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the human rights of LGBTI persons

15 May 2020


Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

13 April 2019