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Junior Smith Charles fights for the future of the LGBTQI community in Haïti with Kouraj Pou Pwoteje Dwa Moun

As a transgender woman openly expressing her sexual identity in Haïti, Junior Smith Charles leads a difficult fight for the respect of LGBTQI people’s rights in her country. Despite her self-confidence and the pride she holds for her sexual identity, the struggle of this movement has proven difficult and slow in the past few years,

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

A Campaign for the Rights of LGBTI People in Haiti

To mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia held every May 17, Equitas and Kouraj – a Haitian organization fighting for the rights of LGBTI people – invite all Haitians to support the Together for Equality national campaign. Thirty civil society organizations and government institutions have joined this national campaign to denounce all forms

YMCA of Greater Vancouver wins National Play It Fair! Award 2018

    Equitas is pleased to announce that the YMCA of Greater Vancouver – Healthy Child Development Team, is the winner of the Equitas Play It Fair! Award 2018. Each year, Equitas acknowledges the great contribution of a Canadian organization, school or municipality by presenting them with the Play it Fair! Award. This year, Equitas

VIDEO – Human Rights Defenders Ask Everyone to #StandUp4HumanRights for UDHR 70th

At Equitas, we work to defend the rights outline in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) every day through our transformative education programs. John P. Humphrey, who co-drafted the UDHR, was one of the founders of Equitas back in 1967. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UDHR today, December 10th, we decided to

In Case You Missed It: Freedom and Equality for All – A Successful Event!

On November 21, Equitas held a fundraising event to celebrate the 70thanniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a document upon which Equitas bases its work.   Equitas would like to thank all the sponsors, partners and friends who participated in our annual event. Your participation made it a real success. We take

Amplify children’s voices!

Join Equitas to celebrate National Child Day on November 20, 2018    National Child Day, marked every year on November 20, is a day dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and youth. Celebrated since 1993, National Child Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (November 20,

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