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.
The Inclusivity Project (TIP), the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva (OHCHR) are jointly organising a side event to the 77th session of the General Assembly to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.