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Equitas Shares it

Lessons learned and good practices regarding Equitas’ approach to human rights education.

Geared primarly towards human rights educators/defenders, Equitas Shares it! provides an array of tried and tested resources drawn from Equitas’ extensive practice in human rights education including products created through joint reflections with Equitas’ alumni. Some examples include participatory training techniques, facilitation tip sheets, and human rights reference sheets.  

Aligned with our Theory of Change, the Equitas Shares It! posts describe lessons learned and good practices to strengthen leadership for advancing human rights, with regards to gender equality and in community life; to strengthen human rights movements; and to improve the practice of human rights educators to engage and influence decision makers around human rightsThey are organized according to the six following categoriesSupporting participation; Engaging decision makers ; Evaluating human rights education; Promoting non-discrimination and equality ; Skills and tools for human rights educators ; Building knowledge about human rights.

These practices are at the core of our human rights education work which aims to contribute to the empowerment of groups subject to discrimination, exclusion and other forms of human rights violations, in particular women, children and youthRead more about the impact our approach to human rights education has around the world here.  

Supporting participation

Lessons learned and good practices on creating opportunities for individuals in all their dynamic diversity to share ideas and opinions and support their full participation society 

This video presents the key messages and takeaways from the 2021 EquiTalks event hosted by Equitas with Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy for Youth, as guest of honour.

Lessons learned to make our community actions more inclusive and promote the full participation of people living with disabilities.

Lessons learned from Equitas’ contextual analysis in the context of the Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education project.

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Lessons learned from the 2017 online conversation with Equitas alumni about youth participation.

A participatory mapping activity to assess children’s participation in the community.

Strategies for community organizers for including children and youth participation in activities and events.

A reference sheet describing Equitas’ approach to supporting community members’ engagement in social, economic and political life.

Lessons learned from the 2018 online conversation with Equitas alumni on the importance of including women in conflict mitigation and peace-building.

This resource provides human rights educators with tips to ensure that everyone is included and can participate training activities.

Strategies for educators to promote participation and inclusion of refugee children and youth in community activities and programs.

Engaging decision makers

Lessons learned and good practices on building dialogue, challenging power imbalance, and strengthening relationships between individuals and decision-makers.  

An activity in which participants explore the impact of violence on women’s participation in decision-making.

Lessons learned from the 2018 online conversation with Equitas’ alumni about increasing barriers faced by civil society in human rights work.

Evaluating human rights education

Lessons learned and good practices on evaluating human rights education work. 



Equitas’ model for designing and implementing an effective evaluation process for human rights training.

Collective memories are a useful technique to support critical thinking and debrief activities with youth.

Promoting non-discrimination and equality

Lessons learned and good practices on working with communities who face the most barriers to non-discrimination, equality, and equity including, but not limited to, women and girls, children and youth, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ2I persons, people living with disabilities, refugees and migrantsand the many intersections of these identities 

This booklet was created to celebrate National Child Day and to support children in learning more about their rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year we are focusing on the right to be and to feel included regardless of identity.

A dynamic activity for young people to reflect on giving everyone the same opportunities to succeed. 

Lessons learned from the 2019 International Human Rights Training Program on challenges and strategies to promote gender equality through human rights education.

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Ideas for learning about and supporting gender equality in your personal and professional life.

 A tool to contribute to the advancement of equality and non-discrimination in your community!

An activity in which participants explore the key symbols of the LGBTI movement.

Equitas’ Gender Lexicon (2014) which includes terminology used in our programs and practice, and to build awareness on the social implications involved in the use of language for gender and gender identity.

Skills and tools for human rights educators

Lessons learned and good practices on supporting individuals to develop their leadership capacity, build knowledge and skills to claim their rights and hold decision makers accountable for decisions that affect them.  

 Reflections on taking a children’s-rights based approach to creating a zine 

An activity for children to build their knowledge on their rights protected by the Canadian Charter of the Rights of the Child.

A tipsheet for facilitating participatory activities and meetings online.

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 A tipsheet for educators on how to faciliate safe and supportive discussions related to gender-based violence.

An activity in which participants identify the actors that have an influence on a community issue.

A tipsheet for educators on how to facilitate group discussion that build critical thinking skills and support connection among participants.

Lessons learned from the 2018 online conversation with Equitas alumni on the ways that human rights education contributes to transforming conflict towards peace.

An activity in which participants use drawing as a tool for critical reflection.

Building knowledge about human rights

A special children’s activity to learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

An innovative way for children to learn about their rights and take action in their community.

An activity in which participants develop an understanding of what is and is not defined as torture within the scope of the United Nations Convention against Torture.

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Community activities that highlight positive values, children’s rights and children’s participation through games.

Three activities for children that focus on the right to clean water, the right to clean air and the right to nutritious food.

An activity in which participants reflect on their personal notions of human rights and learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A reference sheet introducing key concepts in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)