At a glance

Equitas’ programs provide frontline human rights defenders and educators, policy-makers as well as children and youth with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to promote human rights values and to combat inequality, exclusion and other forms of human rights abuse. Equitas’ education programs are effective and recognized internationally because of our innovative methodology, the global reach of our networks and the strength of our partnerships.

Equitas programs translate international, regional and domestic human rights standards into highly effective tools for empowerment, particularly for marginalized or vulnerable groups. The Equitas approach to human rights education opens important avenues for all groups in society to participate in decision-making processes and to hold governments more accountable for actions or inaction that contribute to human rights violations.

Learn more about what Equitas is doing in Africa, the Latin America, Asia, Canada, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia/Former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa, Haiti and Indonesia.

The Elements of Equitas’ Innovative Approach to Human Rights Education

• Participatory learning approaches that value the experience of the learner and provide space for mutual learning

• Education focused on building knowledge, skills and positive values

• Engaged partnerships and networking that include systematic sharing of expertise and methodologies

• Promotion of human rights based approaches in response to challenges regarding human rights abuses, sustainable development, democratic governance and conflict

• Follow-up and support for the practical application of learning

• Ongoing evaluation and integration of lessons learned

Thematic Focus of Equitas Programs

Equitas has designed and delivered specialized training programs on a variety of topics identified based on the needs expressed by our partners and alumni:

• Training of Human Rights Trainers

• Formal and Informal Human Rights Education for Children

• The Protection of vulnerable groups in society, including: Women, Migrant Workers, Children and Minorities

• The Strengthening of Independent National Human Rights Institutions and Government Agencies mandated to promote and protect human rights

• The Promotion and Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

• Training in Human Rights Advocacy and Monitoring

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