07 Nov, 2023

Rainbow Platform marks two years of achievements

The Rainbow Platform is celebrating its two-year anniversary of inspiring political engagement for stronger diversity and representation across Europe. 

Founded in November 2021 by Luis Cano and Daniel Csomor with ALDE Party members Centerpartiet (Sweden), Momentum Mozgalom (Hungary), Nowoczesna (Poland), D66 and VVD (The Netherlands), the Rainbow Platform is a cross-institutional initiative that aims to elevate LGBTQI+ voices by creating role models who can inspire change through their fight for equal rights on a local and European level.

At the ALDE Party Congress in June 2022, 34 other liberal parties joined the call by signing the Dublin Diversity Declaration with a pledge for a more diverse and open political representation. 

Over the last two years, the Rainbow Platform launched several publications including "The Blue Book of LGBTQI+ Liberal Representation" and "The Liberal Book of Diversity", curating a host of analysis, writings and commentary on prominent liberals across Europe, with the debut of the Rainbow Platform Magazine coming up in May 2024. 

The Rainbow Platform has also launched several programmes, including the Diversity Circles of Expertise, a project combining a long-term learning course with three in-person workshops for the operational leadership of liberal organisations to shape their internal cultures to empower diversity.  

Meanwhile, the Talent Diversity Incubators feature a series of round table discussions between staff and candidate recruitment teams from political parties, experts and practitioners to debate inclusive recruitment, internal party culture management and dealing with identity politics within liberal organisations.

Finally, ALDE Party and the Alliance Of Her have partnered the Rainbow Platform for its Liberal Diversity Commissions, a series of political discussions to reach common liberal conclusions and produce consensus statements about issues affecting politically underrepresented minorities. 

Over 180 participants attended the first event at the ALDE Party Congress in Stockholm in May this year, where the first commission discussed liberal solutions to hate crimes against the LGBTQI+ community, fighting anti-LGBTQI+ legislation worldwide and solidarity with civic movements standing for individual freedoms. 

Make sure to follow the Rainbow Platform on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. If you would like to get in touch, email [email protected] 

Photo: Rainbow Platform

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