A Fairer Future

A Fairer Future in the Commonwealth Pacific

Royal Commonwealth Society’s report from Samoa

Working to build consensus on the need to end discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity is central to The Royal Commonwealth Society’s (RCS) work promoting equality and inclusion in the Commonwealth. As part of the Equality & Justice Alliance, we are proud to be part of a major programme supporting Commonwealth governments, parliamentarians, and civil society organisations to reform laws that discriminate against women and girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

During an event in Samoa attended by parliamentarians, youth leaders and diplomats, we were delighted to launch a new report:  A Fairer Future: Law reform and advocacy opportunities for women’s and PIDSOGIESC+ rights in the Commonwealth Pacific.

The report contains a mapping of key opportunities for government and civil society to work together to advance the reform of discriminatory laws in Commonwealth Pacific states. It also contains a legislative review of the progress that has been made, and ongoing gaps in legislation that continue to leave many Pacific Islanders vulnerable to discrimination.

We were honoured to be joined by the Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa. In her keynote address, the Deputy Prime Minister said that “in Samoa, we believe that all people should be equal, and that all people should be treated equally. We believe that no matter who you are we all deserve to be treated the same, whether it’s within our communities or through the law.”

Also speaking at the launch, Tahere Siisiialafia, Chair of the Pacific Youth Council and a member of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) said:
“This report is a stepping stone of progress in bringing to the forefront the urging need to vigilantly and diligently reform gender discriminatory laws embedded within justice systems in the Pacific.”

You can download a copy of the 32 page report – here.

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