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Equitas mourns the loss of Charlot Jeudy, Haitian human rights defender, partner and friend of Equitas

It is with great sadness that Equitas learned of the passing of Charlot Jeudy, Director of Kouraj pou pwoteje dwa moun (Kouraj) in Haiti, an organization that defends and promotes the rights of LGBTI persons in the country, and long standing Equitas partner and friend.   A Remarkable Leader and Human Rights Defender   Charlot’s passing is

How Hassan Abdi Omar contributes to human rights advancement and gender equality in Kenya

While civil society organizations certainly hold a critical role in the advancement of human rights around the world, it is important also to highlight the work of the national human rights institutions who uphold and defend them. In 2011, the government of Kenya established a watchdog body, called the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

Join Equitas in celebrating National Child Day on November 20th!

National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20th in order to recognize our commitment to protecting the rights of children. This day celebrates the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and this year, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary! The Convention on the Rights of the Child

Courage and Resilience: Rosnida Sari uses education to promote religious openness in Indonesia

  In late 2014, Rosnida Sari, a lecturer at the Ar-Raniry State Islamic University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, took a group of her students on a voluntary tour of a Protestant church in order to better understand the concept of gender as perceived in the Christian faith and to promote interreligious harmony. After a report

Equality for All: How Julienne Dembele Sanon Fights for the Rights of Women in Burkina Faso

In 2005, a small group of local Burkinabé women decide to create an association aimed at fighting for the rights of women in their country. Among them, Julienne Dembele Sanon is the only one who knows how to both read and write. Little by little, by saving up small amounts of money each month and

Paying it Forward: How Co-Facilitator Kasun Pathiraja Used his IHRTP Knowledge for Peace-Building and Social Change in Sri Lanka

While Kasun Pathiraja came back as a co-facilitator to the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in search of an experience different from his work at home, he never expected to learn so much from the participants he helped train for three weeks. As a past participant, his knowledge of the Program allowed him to

It’s Time: How Hadeel Abu Soufeh Became a Voice for People Living with Disabilities in Jordan

For over seven years now, Hadeel Abu Soufeh has been hard at work in the fight for the rights of people living with disabilities. At only 29 years old, the young woman has already brought a great deal of breakthrough changes to Jordanian institutions and helped make the country a more accessible place. As a

A brief history of the IHRTP

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP), we feel it is important to highlight the milestones not only of the program, but also of human rights education in the world. Here are four timelines representing each decade the Program has been operative as a way to illustrate the

Forty Years of Human Rights: Gender and Sexual Rights Past and Present

In 1979, John Humphrey, co-founder of Equitas and co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was working on a small project to teach human rights law from his cottage in Prince Edward’s Island. Forty years later, the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) has grown to welcome almost 100 participants a year, building an

Equitas celebrates 40 years of empowerment through human rights education

Starting June 9, Equitas will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its International Human Rights Training Program, bringing together to Montreal 100 human rights defenders from across the globe.   Aimed at better promoting and empowering human rights through education around the world, the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) offers practical workshops to human

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