Reform 53 - together for legal equality is a six month advocacy campaign run by the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) calling for the leaders of all 53 Commonwealth countries to reform laws that discriminate against women and girls and LGBT+ people, many of which are a colonial legacy.
In November 2019, 12 young activists from every region of the Commonwealth came together in Seychelles to discuss the case for legal reform, share best practice and devise this campaign. Together, they shaped an advocacy movement calling on Commonwealth leaders for change and working towards equality for women, girls and LGBT+ people. Now, they're asking you to join them.
Aim of the campaign:
The campaign aims to compel Commonwealth countries to commit to reforming laws that discriminate against women and girls and LGBT+ people.
Leading up to the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda, #Reform53 aims to spark conversations, commitments and actions toward achieving the following:
Send a message to Commonwealth leaders that the time for reform is now. Paint your palm with the equality symbol and share your selfie using #Reform53.