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Equitas Shares it

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

Geared towards human rights defenders and educators, Equitas Shares it! includes examples of participatory techniques, tip sheets for facilitators, activities for all, and reflections from Equitas’ alumni. They are organized by the five key elements of a human rights-based approach: Participation and inclusion; Accountability and transparency; Non-discrimination and equality; Empowerment; Link to human rights standards. These five elements are equal in importance and inter-related and are most effective when they are applied together through one’s work.

Participation and inclusion

Lessons learned and good practices on creating opportunities of diverse individuals to share ideas and opinions, to fully participate and be included in decision making.

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


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.

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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.

Accountability and transparency

Lessons learned and good practices on building dialogue, challenging power imbalance, and strengthening relationships between individuals and decision-makers responsible for ensuring rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled. Evaluation of human rights education work is a central component of accountability and transparency. 

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

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

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 

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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


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.  

A tipsheet for facilitating participatory activities and meetings online.

 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.

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

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.

Link to human rights protection mechanisms

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.

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.

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.

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