October 2, 2013: Promoting greater respect for freedom of religion and belief in Sri Lanka
Coming out of a 30 year civil war, Sri Lanka’s fragile peace is being threatened by religious tensions between the different religious denominations. While the issue of religious freedom is both highly political and very contentious, there can be no social harmony without greater respect for freedom of religion and belief. The majority (70%) of
September 30, 2013: Busy summer for Play it Fair! program
Summer was a busy time for Equitas’ Play it Fair! program as over 80,000 children across Canada learned human rights values through games and fun activities. The program was in use in 24 communities across Canada. Communities new to the program included: Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, New Westminster, BC, Langley BC and Kahnawake, QC. As well,
September 29, 2013: Supporting the struggle for LGBTI rights in Haiti
Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is a systemic and widespread phenomenon in Haitian society. Long ignored in Haiti, the issue of equality and respect for the basic dignity of sexual minorities has recently emerged as the result of the courageous efforts of a number of recently established groups. Regrettably, the
September 24, 2013: 34th Annual International Human Rights Training Program
Human rights defenders from Syria, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Morocco, and Yemen and from over 20 other countries were in Montreal from June 9 to June 28, 2013 to attend Equitas’ 34th annual International Human Rights Training program (IHRTP). During the three-week program, these human rights defenders
August 1, 2013: Call for applications for the Mosharka Regional Capacity-Building Workshop
Mosharka: Strengthening Regional Youth Networks to Promote Human Rights and Democratic Participation in the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic follows) Regional Capacity-Building Workshop We are delighted to announce that the application period for the Mosharka Regional Capacity-Building Workshop is now open and we will be accepting applications until September 10, 2013. We look forward
July 9, 2013:Young Women, Young Leaders
New program in Montreal Young Women, Young Leaders (YWYL), strengthens the active participation of young women in civic, political and community life in Montreal. YWYL supports community action projects, led by young women that address issues that most affect them in their daily lives, with the collaboration of Equitas and a strong network of community
June 11, 2013 : International Human Rights Training Program in the news
Ian Hamilton, Executive Director of Equitas, and Massoud Akka were interviewed on CTV news. Massoud Akka is attending Equitas’ International Human Rights Training Program. He is the former President of the Media Freedoms Committee of the Syrian Journalists Association. He trains journalists working in conflict zones and reports monthly on the state of freedom of
June 7, 2013: International Children’s Day celebrated in Algeria using activities from Equitas’ Play it Fair! program.
A few days ago, several organizations working with children in Algiers brought together over 300 children to celebrate International Children’s Day. For the occasion, they played several games from the toolkit: Around the World with a Hula Hoop, The Noisiest Game in the World, and Fishing for Rights and Responsibilities! “The kids loved the Noisiest
April 29, 2013: Fundraising goal reached….surpassed…We applaud YOU!
We are excited and proud of all that we do, but we know one thing for sure: we cannot do it without you. Thanks you your generosity, we surpassed our fundraising goal for fiscal year 2012-2013, raising $170,000 – a 30% increase from last year! These funds, which you directly contributed to, can be used
April 29, 2013: Follow us on Twitter !
Follow us on Twitter [link] to read inspiring stories on the transformative power of human rights values at work in our global network and in the many Canadian communities we work in. We hope this platform can give a voice to partners, donors and supporters like you who make our work possible. It will also