As part of the Equality & Justice Alliance programme, we brought together elected representatives in Cape Town to discuss how to reform laws that discriminate.

In February 2019, on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance, the RCS brought together more than 30 parliamentary, government, civil society and youth champions from across Commonwealth Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to engage in peer learning around the reform of discriminatory laws. Utilising case studies of reforms from Belize, Solomon Islands, Mozambique, and Pakistan, delegates learned more about reform processes and how these might be applicable in their own countries. We were honoured to be joined by high-level guests including the former presidents of Botswana and Mozambique, Their Excellencies Festus Mogae and Joaquim Chissano, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa.

The event began with a pre-Forum youth strategy day which brought together six young leaders from across the Commonwealth to strategise youth action for change.

A tour for delegates of the Parliament of South Africa was also generously provided by the South African government. At the conclusion of  the Forum HE Joaquim Chissano, Former President of Mozambique and Vice-Chair of the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa provided the closing address.

"I am proud of my country, Mozambique. What Mozambique shows is that legal reform that advances human rights is possible, when parliamentarians and governments act together for the common good."

HE Joaquim Chissano, Former President of Mozambique and Vice-Chair of the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa.