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 of human rights and freedoms in the province. It will be presented in Montreal, on November 19, 2014 at a ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“We are deeply honoured to be recognized for our work promoting human rights education in Quebec, particularly for young people” says Equitas Executive Director Ian Hamilton. “Since its creation in Montreal in 1967, Equitas has been promoting social justice, non-discrimination and the peaceful resolution of conflicts and this prize is a recognition not only for the organization but also for all the volunteers, educators, employees and partners who contributed to its success.”
The jury selected Equitas for the outstanding achievements and the innovative nature of its Play it Fair! and Speaking Rights programs. Over the past 10 years, over 500,000 youth and children have been reached by these programs in Canada. These programs are offered in many communities across Canada, including the City of Montreal who nominated Equitas for the prize.