The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.
LOCATION: Nassau, Bahamas
Equality Bahamas (EB) is a grassroots organization formed in 2014 to promote women’s rights as human rights. It focuses on public education, community engagement, and advocacy at various levels including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Current areas of focus include criminalizing marital rape, increasing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and shifting the narrative around oppressed communities including women, LGBTQI+ people, and people in migration. EB is currently undertaking hurricane relief work in partnership with Lend a Hand Bahamas following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Dorian and its aftermath.
Equality Bahamas is volunteer-run by women. Fifty percent of its volunteers are LBTQI+, and more than half are youth. The team is led by Alicia Wallace, a feminist advocate and writer.
UUSC’s partnership supports EB’s efforts to train community members in policy advocacy and civic engagement, develop concrete policy ideas for disaster preparedness and response, develop broader feminist policy guidelines, and produce an advocacy/awareness film to influence The Bahamas’ disaster relief policy landscape in the long term.
Image Credit: Equality Bahamas