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  • Self Determination
    The Sovereign rights of the People are inalienable. The rights of Gibraltarians as a People and as people to self-determine their lives are fundamental to the fabric of our democratic society.
  • Civil Society Research
    We aim to deliver sound research into the realities of our population. Both NGOs and policy-makers are well served in delivering services by well-structured studies. Building Civil Society solidarity is one of our fundamental pillars.
  • Unions
    The Union movement is an important component of Civil Society. With an already well-established working relationship with Unite the Union, we will continue to work closely with the Unite leadership and members as we work towards achieving mutual goals.
  • Business
    We firmly believe in the part that Business can and does play in promoting and encouraging positive values in our Community. We are therefore committed to continue our work in this important area.
  • Disability
    Equality for people with disability means taking them into account automatically at all levels so they may participate fully in every sphere – jobs, education, services, and access. We will not rest until these become a routine fact.
  • LGB Equality Rights
    Equality Rights Group (GGR) has been fully committed to furthering the rights of the LGB community in Gibraltar, and has consistently campaigned for equality in this field within the bigger picture of human and civil rights for all.
  • Laws
    As Gibraltar’s Human Rights organisation, we aim to see equality for all enshrined in law. To this end we run campaigns, work with Government and the political Parties to introduce new laws, and take action via the Courts.
Mission Statement & Objectives
Campaigning and awareness

Cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity by raising awareness through campaigning on aspects of discrimination in society through a variety of means, including education, training, cultural programmes, publications, the media, public and judicial advocacy, and the production of materials.

Equal values and independence

To promote equality, diversity, universal and European human and civil rights whether on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, or any other status. In doing so we shall remain independent and have no affiliation to any political party.

Research

Conducting or commissioning research on equality and diversity and disseminating the results of these to the public.

Support Equality Rights

We need all the help we can get to help us create a more equal Gibraltar. You can help by becoming directly a part of the group, supporting our causes online, turning up whenever we organise an event or meeting, by making a donation, or simply standing up and being counted on equality issues.
Help us stand up for equality

Rights for the People and as people!
As Gibraltar’s Human Rights organisation, Equality Rights Group defends the rights of the People to express their identity and determine their own political and social future, whilst insisting on the similarly intrinsic rights of individual persons in our country to be free and equal. Both must take account of each other – neither can be ignored but must form a part of the fabric of our society.

Despite the fact that there is a great deal of diversity in Gibraltar today, there are still inequalities that need to be addressed and rectified. We strive to identify these and to find solutions so that all individuals can benefit from equal and human rights.

The rights of the People of Gibraltar are inalienable. Just as sovereignty means the right to a self-determining state through democracy, it must be made real through the sovereignty of the individual to determine their lives freely, otherwise the prosperity of liberty will be beyond reach.
Equality rights in Gibraltar

Fighting discrimination

We are active in our fight against discrimination of any sort, regularly reporting these in the media and using social media channels to raise awareness and counter any infringement of basic human and civil rights. That includes the People of Gibraltar as well as Gibraltarian citizens as individuals in a free, democratic society. The connection must never be ignored or forgotten!

It is important to raise awareness regarding equality issues which affect parts of our community. We hold events from time to time and you can find information on what we have done and what events we are planning, as well as a wealth of information on equality related issues.
Past events and library

Stop homophobia!

We are firmly committed to stamping out homophobia in our society. We strive to raise awareness on this issue and to ensure no one has to endure being discriminated against in any area of their life because of their sexuality.
What is homophobia?

Latest news & updates

ERG Appeals for Humanitarian Aid to Gaza
19 July 2014

’The terrible tragedy of the current crisis in Gaza is something which, we are sure, we all feel,’ Equality Rights Group Chairman, Felix Alvarez has stated in response to the UN’s urgent cal…

TV News Coverage of Gibraltar Pride 2014: 12 July 2014
15 July 2014
 

 

 

Scroll to approximately 19:48 to view the television news coverage on Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation Television.

 

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Pride 2014 – a success all due to an able Planning Committee!
14 July 2014
‘This past weekend’s Pride celebrations have been a heartening, colourful, enjoyable and energising few days, Equality Rights Group Chairman, Felix Alvarez, commented….

We welcome the lovely Francesca Martinez to Gibraltar!
10 July 2014

 

Francesca arrived Wednesday night at Gibraltar. Met and greeted by Chairman of the Planning Committee for Pride 2014, Donahue Cortes, and ERG Chairman, Felix Alvarez….

Gibraltar Pride 2014 is ‘ready to go’
7 July 2014
Head of the Gibraltar Pride Planning Committee, Donahue Cortes, today expressed ‘excitement’ with the arrangements in place for the official community-wide Pride event being held this year….


Our areas of work

Laws

As Gibraltar’s Human Rights organisation, we aim to see equality enshrined in law. That’s why we’ve campaigned with the consistent and professional seriousness such work demands, for hate crime laws to be introduced; for same-sex civil partnerships to become a reality; for laws prohibiting discrimination in goods and services – so that noone can be turned away from a restaurant, a hotel, any shop or business because of who they are. And we want to see more: a comprehensive disability protections law, a closer monitoring of recruitment agencies and employers to ensure noone’s employment chances are diminished because of their age, race, gender, sexual orientation or any other personal status. Of course, changing the law doesn’t just happen in Parliament; it happens in the Courts, too. The group, therefore, has supported and will continue to support legal challenges through the Courts; an avenue that has produced notable successes, and which should accompany any strategy for human rights change.

Civil Society Research – No more ‘shooting in the dark’

Organisations in Gibraltar already address the practical realities of our elderly, disabled, non-EU citizens and other sectors. Equality Rights Group supports their work – and aims to continue doing so by encouraging and undertaking in-depth research into the realities of our population. Such research will provide a sound scientific base for not only civil society NGO’s to target their resources more efficiently to serve the community, but will assist policy makers in, similarly, making better, sounder allocation decisions.  Building Civil Society solidarity and professional competence amongst ourselves will not only increase our capacity to do the job – it will serve our community better!

Business

Private business firms can play a part in their positive recognition of the citizen consumer, whilst expanding the reach of the local economy by addressing the specific needs of the people who make their business possible. In so doing, Business can not only reap benefits for itself, but expand Gibraltar’s economic base. Major business leaders (banks, brand leaders and many more) invest billions each year to reach out to a mostly untapped source of benefit: ‘minority’ consumers. In doing so, these ‘minorities’ bring in billions to commerce each year. On that basis alone, Equality Rights Group will encourage and support initiatives which can be the source of gain all round.

Unions

The Union movement is an important component of Civil Society, here in Gibraltar, as elsewhere. Equality Rights Group has a good and well-established working relationship with Unite the Union, and looks forward to extending this to the rest of the Union movement in Gibraltar. To this end, we will continue to work closely with the Unite leadership and representatives to foster greater positive cooperation as we work towards achieving mutual goals.

Disability

Disability rights are an important aspect of human and civil rights in any Society, and we support the various disability groups in Gibraltar to try and improve the conditions and quality of life of people with disabilities.

LGB

Equality Rights Group has fought and lobbied for the rights of the gay, lesbian and bisexual community in Gibraltar for more than a decade and, in dialogue with Government, it continues to work for the introduction of legal rights and recognitions for the LGB community as part of our overall commitment to human and civil rights for all in Gibraltar.

Non EU Nationals

The rights and immigration issues applied to non EU nationals and as well as non EU workers is also supported by the Equality Rights Group. Gibraltar is a beacon of diversity but there is still a lot of work to be done in this respect.

Sexual Health

In cooperation with the Gibraltar Health Authority, we are actively engaged in promoting greater awareness of the need to look after our sexual health. Outreach to people of all legal ages, genders and sexual orientations (infections do not discriminate!) is an essential element in our project to deliver better support and treatment, as well as in overcoming the fear and ignorance which drive the problem in the first place.

Personal Support

One of the most important aspects of our work – away from the glare of publicity and the spotlight – is our commitment to helping individuals and families, upon their request, with a range of issues that may be troubling them. We continue to offer this service in a private, discrete and confidential manner.

Anti Hate Speech Movement

John & Yoko - Civil Partnership, please?

John & Yoko – Civil Partnership, please?