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Equality Rights Group GGR firmly believes in the importance of civil and human rights to the development of Gibraltar. We welcome everyone’s participation and involvement in furthering these rights as a community. We are a human rights voice – a project which commenced to advance the rights of the gay and lesbian community, but one which as a result of public demand, widened out to cover the whole field of human rights. Human Rights are, after all, indivisible – you cannot carve out a corner for yourself whilst ignoring the rights of others. This understanding is the corner stone to our work as an organisation.
Together, then, we can all participate in making it OK to stand up – each in our own way – for a more open, tolerant, and caring society. Gibraltar needs a human rights presence. As a Group, we are determined and committed to leaving a better legacy for the next generation.
The Group is managed and administered by an Executive Committee limited to a maximum of seven members. To guarantee consistency and stability, two Principal Executive Officers are elected to post for 5 year terms. Between them, they must manage the direction of initiatives to be addressed by the organisation, as well as the management (since 2012) of a small annual Government grant of £7,000 and the proper accountancy reports required by the Charities Commission.
Voluntary members to the Executive are elected on an annual basis. They may serve for shorter or longer periods of time.
Presently, the Principal Executive Officers are:
Chairman Felix Alvarez OBE
ERG (previously GGR) has been in existence for many years now in our community (see the Library section for an archive of photos). A substantial number of individuals, many with important public profiles, and others less so, have formed part of our active membership. We are proud of each and every one of them. Many have wished to be anonymous for a variety of reasons, and we have respected that. Others have been publicly involved in the group’s work. Committee membership has always been treated with utmost discretion, dealing as ERG does, with oftentimes controversial or delicate questions in our community. To this end, it is only for the Executive Officers that public profiles are required.