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2016 Reunion Evening – Equitas’ volunteers and interns at the heart of our action in Montreal!

On April 6, dozens of Equitas volunteers and interns gathered at Equitas offices for the 2016 Reunion Evening, a new annual tradition at Equitas! Thrilled with the success of the first edition of this get-together held last April, Equitas  once again invited volunteers and interns who have taken part in the International Human Rights Training

Equitas to receive the 2014 Rights and Freedoms Prize

October 14, 2014 Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education has been awarded the 2014 Rights and Freedoms Prize  by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec (CDPDJ). This prize recognizes an individual or an organization that makes a significant contribution to the defense and promotion

Human rights, irregular migration and the future of youth in West Africa

September 25, 2014 In search of a better life, young Senegalese regularly board small fishing boats for a perilous journey to seek their fortune abroad through irregular migration. Spain is the usual destination, from where they will join family or friends already living in Europe. This quest often turns into a nightmare with many lives

Equitas Award recognizes exceptional work being done to engage children and youth by two organizations in Yemen and British Columbia

Experience has demonstrated that young people are key actors in building more inclusive, equitable and resilient communities. Yet, too often children and youth are seen as the source of problems rather than solutions. This International Human Rights Day, Equitas is celebrating the work of two exceptional organizations that are applying innovative and effective approaches to

Women spring up in Egypt, engage politically

In the wake of the Arab Spring, women turned out in record numbers for Egypt’s first free parliamentary election in 80 years. Equitas is no stranger to this promising change, having grown strong ties with partners building civic engagement in the country since 2005, including one who has his rightful claim to fame. Akram Amin

November 20 is National Child Day!

National Child Day is a chance for children, families and communities to join in activities that highlight positive values, children’s rights and participation.  The date marks the occasion when the United Nations adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child? It

HAITI: Building engaged citizens and participatory democracy

After the devastating earthquake, Equitas’ partners in Haiti observed that conditions for the most vulnerable populations affected by the quake were deteriorating rather than improving. They reported increased violence, apathy and a lack of will to take on responsibilities for the well-being of the camps. Most importantly, the affected populations lacked the skills to tackle

CANADA: Play it Fair! in Toronto

In Toronto, over 12,000 children learn how to Play it Fair! each year in 130 day camps and after-school sites across the City. Implemented in Toronto since 2006, Play it Fair! is an innovative program that equips staff working with children with the skills to lead activities which promote respect, fairness, acceptance, inclusion and cooperation

IRAQ: Human Rights Education for Children

In a small village outside of Baghdad, Majida Salman Mohammad met these three young boys playing in a landfill. When asked why they were not in school, they replied, “What is school?” She tracked down their mothers who explained that, having fled the violence in other parts of the country, their children weren’t eligible to

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