Social Justice DWD Task Force
More than 260 million people across the world are discriminated on the basis of work and descent/face caste-based discrimination. These communities are among the most marginalised and excluded in terms of political, social and economic development. Across generations, these communities have faced discrimination and exclusion in every sphere of life, and this has often led to high incidence of poverty among them and precludes them from the enjoyment of their rights and entitlements as well as meaningful participation in public life. Those communities are commonly known as Quilombola in Brazil, Dalits in South Asia, Roma-Sinti in Europe, Burakumin (Japan), Oru in West Africa amongst many names in different regions. The umbrella term to describe those communities is Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD). The Social Justice DWD Task Force aims to enhance the opportunity for Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD), their representative organizations, and non-governmental and other organizations working on the rights of DWD communities to advocate with a unified voice for their inclusion in all sustainable development related UN processes. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkBPQ9ncplxJnsbI_SH2kDU6NJrA9Y5QD
Members of the Social Justice DWD Task Force:
The Inclusivity ProjectGlobalThe Inclusivity Project’s mission is ensure enrichment of the knowledge and information resources about the unreached and under developed communities through research and capacity building for their socio-economic and political development.
European Roma Grassroots Organisations NetworkEuropeERGO Network is a young and dynamic organisation established in 2008 by a small group of NGOs who shared the observation that everyday realities of Roma communities were hardly taken into account in policy development and implementation. Today we have almost 30 member organisations all over Europe. Founded on the philosophy of active citizenship, shared responsibility and grassroots empowerment, ERGO Network members aim to convince policy makers that positive change for Roma is possible when antigypsyism is recognized and tackled as the root cause for inequality and when Roma can take part in civic life as equal stakeholders. To achieve this, we advocate for better policies and policy implementation on national and European level based on evidence-based research, organise public campaign, build the capacity of Roma activists and provide spaces for networking and mutual learning.
CONAQBrasilThe objectives of CONAQ are to fight for the guaranteed collective use of the territory, for the implementation of sustainable development projects, for the implementation of public policies that take into consideration the quilombo communities' organisation; for quality education that is coherent with the quilombola way of life; for the autonomy of quilombola women; for the permanence of young people in the quilombo and above all for the common use of the Territory, of the natural resources, and for harmony with the environment.
Trust AfricaSenegalTrustAfrica seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. We currently focus on three critical areas - Securing the conditions for democracy; - Fostering African enterprise and achieving broadly shared prosperity; and - Cultivating African resources for democracy and development. TrustAfrica works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. As a catalyst and convener, we are committed to generating and testing new ideas. We also strive to practice good governance and promote it among our grantees.
Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and DescentGlobalThe Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFOD) is the global coordination and engagement mechanism for the Stakeholder Group of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (SG CDWD). Both were founded in 2021 and formally recognize the core motto of ‘Leave No One Behind’ propounded by Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which ensures Planet, Peace and Prosperity for all, especially those who are marginalized through generations and suffered social prejudices for life of dignity and peace.
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