Who We Are
The 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.
SG CDWD is comprised of communities discriminated on work and descent, who are some of the most excluded, segregated, and marginalized groups at the global and local level within their social, economic, political, and cultural systems. The consequences of this marginalization are the deprivation and systematic exclusion from education, health, access to water and sanitation, employment, voting rights, equal access to land and housing, access to religious institutions in the public sphere. The types of social structures have created systemic violence for centuries on DWD communities as heterogeneous as the Haratine in the Sahel; Forgeron in West Africa; Bantu in Sudan; Roma in Europe; Burakumin in Japan, and Dalits (formerly known as ‘untouchables’) in South Asia; Quilombo and Palenque South America.
The global coverage of DWD communities includes Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America regions with around 260 million people.
In preparation of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals 2022, The Inclusivity Project (TIP) is holding an in-person strategy building workshop from the 1st – 3rd July 2022 in New York. epresentatives of CDWD Communities from 14 countries are participating. This workshop is resourced by Ms. Rita Izak, former member of the UN Committee for Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD).