Creating change requires leadership – at all levels of society. At the Royal Commonwealth Society we have long supported influential leaders in their communities who advance often difficult and sensitive conversations about human rights, equality and democracy. Champions have the credibility and drive to amplify the voice of civil society to the highest levels, advance constructive dialogue, and ultimately lead the push for reform.
The Champions we work with include former Heads of Government, parliamentarians, and emerging youth leaders from across the Commonwealth. We aid their work by providing support and assistance where requested, bringing together regional and pan-Commonwealth networks of Champions to share thoughts and ideas, and developing opportunities with partners to amplify the voice of the leaders we work with.
"As we engage with leaders at the national level, we raise our concerns on the barriers that we continue to face in ending AIDS. They include laws that criminalise LGBTI people, and policies that deny girls and young women opportunities to seek healthcare."
HE Festus Mogae, Former President of Botswana and Chair of the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa.
The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) along with with partners convened three former African presidents and African parliamentarians to discuss ending HIV/AIDS in Africa by reforming discriminatory laws.
As part of the Equality & Justice Alliance programme, we brought together elected representatives in Cape Town to discuss how to reform laws that discriminate.