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Defending the rights of people living with disabilities and women working in the agricultural sector in Tunisia

Since 2018, young Tunisians from Equitas’ Rawabet program have carried out a number of initiatives. In collaboration with our partner in Tunisia, the Centre Tunisien-Méditerranéen (TU-MED), and thanks to the financial support of Global Affairs Canada, several community action projects have been carried out in support of the rights of women working in the agricultural sector in Siliana to have access to social security coverage and for the right of access to employment […]

Equitas helps develop recommendations for Canada’s new feminist foreign policy

In October 2020, Global Affairs Canada opened the conversation to develop Canada’s new feminist foreign policy, following the same direction as Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy released in 2017. It that context, a working group was formed with members of different organizations, including Equitas, as specialists in human rights education. The mandate of this group […]

Omar Morad: Building community engagement for refugee, newcomer, and established Canadian youth in New Brunswick

In 2018 and at 21 years of age, Omar Morad arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick. Before this move, he lived in Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon where he escaped war, violence, and economic hardship. Once he felt settled, Omar was happy and felt “safe.” These feelings impelled him to become active in his community and contribute meaningfully.   Omar has become much more than […]

Confronting Patriarchy and Advocating for the Rights of Muslim Women in Uganda

Mwanga Mastullaah Ashah, Executive Director and Founder of Islamic Women’s Initiative for Justice, Law & Peace (IWILAP), is fighting tirelessly for the rights of Muslim women and to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable populations in Uganda. IWILAP works to confront the patriarchal laws and cultural traditions that disadvantage women in order to build a just and equitable society where [...]

Empowered Women Leading Change in Kenya: How Equitas’ partner organization WEL is Advancing Women’s Rights

At the forefront of the fight for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nairobi, Kenya is Virginia Nduta, Executive Director of Women’s Empowerment Link (WEL). WEL is one of the implementing partners of the Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education in partnership with Equitas – a project that strives to increase women’s participation in local decision-making structures based on the [...]

The Youth of Rawabet in Jordan: The Story of a Transformative Journey

The Rawabet Initiative in Jordan is the story of 30 young women and men working with an unparalleled passion and a powerful belief in the value and dignity of human beings. They decided to exercise their freedom of choice, and in doing so, to touch the lives of more than 1,500 people in their local community.  On October 28, 2020, a national forum was held online [...]

Discrimination amidst a pandemic: Together we can make a difference

DONATE NOW Almost nine months since the start of this global pandemic brought on by COVID-19, the world is still reeling from the heavy social, political, and financial consequences brought on by the virus.   Equitas has been creative in rethinking the delivery of our programs in the context of remote working and travel restrictions. Hand in hand with over sixty partners across Canada and internationally, Equitas has pivoted to online delivery, all while maintaining our participatory empowering approach.  As we hear more and more of communities and individuals whose voices are ignored and whose human rights [...]

Virtual EquiTalks: A Success for Equitas!

This year, Equitas had the opportunity to innovate and held its annual EquiTalks: Building Connected Communities events online. Presented in collaboration with Dignity Network Canada, the EquiTalks brought together more than 350 participants from 30 different countries, offering an international dimension to this event series, contributing to its success due to its increased accessibility.   Two panel discussions were held on October 21 and 22 with our guest of honor: Victor Madrigal Borloz, the United [...]

10 years of Speaking Rights!

Equitas is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its program dedicated to Canadian youth, Speaking Rights!  What is Speaking Rights?  Speaking Rights is a human rights program that aims at developing the capacity of youth between ages 12 and 18, to engage in actions that support respect for human rights.   How do we create impact?  After taking parts in our training on human rights, young people put […]

Teaching Youth about Human Rights in Senegal

In Senegal, 24% of children are subjected to severe physical punishment – which is a violation of children’s rights as expressed in Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Teaching children about their rights is important not only to build their capacity to stand up for themselves and others, but to empower youth […]