EJA Forum for Commonwealth Parliamentarians
CAPE TOWN
FEBRUARY, 2019
The EJA Forum brought together more than 30 parliamentary, government, civil society and youth champions from all four regions of the Commonwealth to engage in peer learning around the reform of discriminatory laws. Utilising case studies of reforms that have been undertaken in the Commonwealth, 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 Mozambique and Botswana, Their Excellencies Festus Mogae and Joaquim Chissano.

Highlights included:

  • A pre-Forum youth strategy day brought together six young leaders from across the Commonwealth to strategise youth action for change
  • An opening speech set the context for working in the Commonwealth by former Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Josephine Ojiambo
  • Legislative reform case study presentations by regional experts from all four Commonwealth regions, which included: reform of the Mozambique Penal Code; Belize sexual offences reform; the Solomon Islands Family Protection Act; Pakistan's Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act
  • A tour for delegates of the Parliament of South Africa, provided by the South African Government
  • A closing speech by HE Joaquim Chissano, Former President of Mozambique