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Equitas at the 2016 World Social Forum

From August 9-12, the Equitas team joined hundreds of people for a week of exchange, workshops and the sharing of new ideas at the 2016 World Social Forum in Montreal.

Participatory Workshop #1 – Educate, empower, change through human rights education 

On August10, Equitas and our guests the Raging Grannies were welcoming participants in the WSF’s Espace jeunesse, situated at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and St-Urbain, for a participatory workshop to build knowledge about human rights and share unique tools to take action for social change. Participants left with with new ideas and good practices for increasing youth participation, gender equality, and respect for diversity as well as strategies for building more inclusive communities.


CONFERENCE – Equitas Executive Director Ian Hamilton speaks alongside Henry Mintzberg on the theme of the ‘plural sector’ 

On August 10 at Leacock Building, McGill University, Ian Hamilton joined Henry Mintzberg and other panelists to discuss how the plural sector can get its collective act together. More than 200 people attended.


Participatory Workshop #2 – How to advocate to decision-makers; tools and strategies by and for young people

On August 11, around 60 participants came together to exchange on the different strategies  young people are developing in their communities to make their voices heard to decision makers regarding local, national and international issues. Youth panelists presented their experiences, followed by a participatory workshop to identify all possible action strategies according to different themes.

The panel featured young women from Equitas partner organization la Maison d’Haiti.

You can consult and download the ACTIVITY NOTES (pdf) and the ACTIVITY TOOL : Who are our allies? An activity for identifying decision-makers (pdf)

** Did you miss this activity? WATCH the panel here (28 minutes) : http://bit.ly/2b2Jjzt

This activity was co-animated with :
Délégation jeunesse de Développement et Paix / Development and Peace Youth Delegation (activity leader)
Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal (FJÎM)


Participatory Workshop #3 – Talking LGBTQI rights : Finding the Right Tools!

Close to 30 people from diverse backgrounds and ages, including NGOs, unions and students explored issues linked to LGBTQI rights worldwide. The group of participants and facilitators highlighted successful approaches and tools that can be used on both personnal and social levels to educate about LGBTQI rights. Resource people from Yemen, Ivory Coast and the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec also shared tools and strategies to raise public awareness on these rights.

(Photo: Isabelle Bourassa)


Play it Fair! at the Children’s Forum 

Play it Fair! was one of the proud associates of the first ever Children’s Forum at the World Social Forum 2016.

Children are the citizens of tomorrow. From a very young age, they carry ideas and dreams. The main goal of the Children’s Forum, the WSF’s day camp, is to allow our children to participate in making our world a better place to live in and to be listened. Read more >