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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

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

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