Discrimination based on Work and Descent

Focus Area:

Pioneering Fight Against Discrimination Based on Work and Descent (DWD) in Africa

At TrustAfrica we understand that Discrimination Based on Work and Descent (DWD) is a phenomenon that cuts across the globe as over 260 million people face inequality, marginalisation, and exclusion in various forms. To tackle DWD and slavery, TrustAfrica, in collaboration with The Inclusivity Project (TIP), Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF), Amnesty International (AI), Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) and Free the Slaves, convened an in-depth dialogue with communities’ leaders in Africa regarding their experiences of DWD. The Convening, held in Dakar, Senegal in April 2019 sought to understand the structures of societies which perpetuate DWD in order to erect a global platform for human rights mobilisation and sustainable development actions in line with the UN 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Consultation brought together a network of resource persons, from similarly discriminated communities in Africa and Southeast Asia, and Europe to explore how DWD impedes access to enjoyment of the right to development including resource allocation, access to quality education, health care and protection of the natural environment.

The Africa Network of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent and against Slavery (ANDS) 

The Africa Network of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent and Against Slavery (ANDS) is a coalition of like-minded organisations from West Africa, and mentored by Trust Africa and supported by the Global   Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFDWD), and the Social Justice DWD Task Force of the Global Call for Action against Poverty (GCAP), which aims to empower the groups and communities to bring visibility to end slavery and DWD situation in West Africa. ANDS was created in Dakar, Senegal, during the consultative meeting.

Slavery in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger                                           TrustAfrica and the Africa Network of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent and against Slavery (ANDS) with the support of ASW organised a study on DWD communities in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The objective, of this study, is on the one hand, to generate evidence and on the other hand to allow a good understanding and knowledge of the types of discrimination and their extent.

Projects:  Thanks to the technical and strategic support of TrustAfrica, ANDS was able to secure a 150000Euro grant from Voice. TrustAfrica managed to bring together  CSOs from  Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. Sahel Foundation,T emedt Association and Afrikajom worked together to advance  the cause of DWD in Mauritania and Mali and to advance it in the West African sub-region.

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