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The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) joined the global community in recognizing International Day of Tolerance, observed on November 16,

A statement from the organization notes that it joins the UNESCO Director-General in noting that “In a world of diversity, tolerance is a prerequisite for peace. It is also a lever for sustainable development, as it encourages the construction of more inclusive and thus more resilient societies that are able to draw on the ideas, creative energy and talents of each of their members.”

It highlights however, there is a need to expand the conversation as significant gaps persist with regard to tolerance and respect of others perceived to be different or in the minority. ECADE adds that Exclusion and discrimination are still legitimately promoted by world leaders and enthusiastically adopted by the majority.

However, as studies by CADRES and UNAIDS have proven, this is to the detriment of the holistic development of countries and the region, as discrimination fosters negative economic, physical and psychological consequences.

ECADE member organisations across the eastern Caribbean call on the people of the region to reflect the principles enshrined in its national constitutions which speak to inclusivity, fairness and freedoms.
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