IHRTP 2014: Meeting the needs of human rights defenders

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August 11, 2014

According to a survey of participants attending Equitas’ 2014 International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP), 92 % of respondents felt that the program fully met their expectations of a human rights training program. Almost all of the respondents (99 %) felt that the teaching method used by Equitas – an approach that integrates knowledge of human rights and human rights education – allowed them to improve their ability to design and teach human rights education programs.

Some 2014 IHRTP participants

The vast majority of participants (97 %) said that they would recommend the training to their organization. The survey was completed by 75 of the 82 people who took part in the June 2014 IHRTP. Participants came from South and Southeast Asia (25), Africa and the Middle East (39), the Caribbean and Latin America (12), Central Europe and the former Soviet Union (5) and Canada (1).

The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is an annual three-week training program designed to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations to engage in effective human rights education (e.g., training, awareness campaigns, information dissemination and advocacy) aimed at building a global culture of human rights. The next IHRTP will be held in June 2015. Information on how to apply will be available on the web site at the end of September 2014.

From the Participants “The IHRTP has indeed exposed me to great knowledge and skills beyond my imagination. The content of the program was very resourceful for me and I am now equipped with different practical tools in HRE” said a participant from Uganda.

A participant from Togo also commented: “This important training has allowed me to strengthen my knowledge of human rights education. I am now better able  to lead educational initiatives to bring about changes in my organization and on a greater scale in the future.”

Thank you to all our partners! The IHRTP 2014 would not have been a resounding success without the unwavering support of our donors and the support of many interns and volunteers. Equitas would like to thank all the people and organizations who contributed to the success of this 35th edition.

Our main program funders: • The Government of Canada through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) • Aimia

The organizations that funded participants: American Jewish World Services • Baha’i International Community to the United Nations • Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association • Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust • Brian Bronfman Family Foundation • Canadian High Commission in Malaysia • Donner Canadian Foundation • Embassy of Canada in Brazil • Embassy of Canada in Mongolia • Embassy of Canada in Vietnam • Equitas Group • Euro-Burma Office • Femmes Chrétiennes pour la Démocratie et le Développement • Institute for Development and Human Rights Brazil • InterPares • McGill Arts Internship Office • Concordia University – Institute for Co-operative Education • Mercy Corps Haiti • National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria • Oxfam Novib • Réseau algérien pour la défense des droits de l’enfant • Sabalamby Unnayan Samity • Secrétaire général de la Primature • Stichting Dowlwijk • Voices : Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network

Our sponsors and suppliers: Bruce Lawler, CCR Solutions • Caroline Poirier, Ville de Montreal • Irène Sideris, Office of Jacques Chagnon, Member of Parliament Westmount-Saint-Louis • James Solkin, Café Santropol • Jason Schmeltzer, BuroPlus • Karine Asselin, Ville de Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue • Laura Carney, Daboom Desserts • Manny Machado, Ro-mados • Marc Synnott, STM • Mr. & Mrs. Khady, Restaurant Khady • Mr. Khash, Dad’s Bagels • Nancy Gavin, Redpath Sugar • Patrick Hureau, SCORE Financial Services • Rishah Kolah, Xerox • Richard Descarries, Domtar • Rob Mekler, Bargains Group • Sam Carbone, Tourisme Montreal • Sophie Mohsen, Office of Isabelle Morin, Member of Parliament Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Lachine • Stéphane Brosseau, Les Équipements Plein Air Focus • Suzanne Gagnon, Trans-Herbe

John Abbott College and McGill University staff: Arlene Marsh • Barb Hill • Bill Mahon • Carolynn Price • Chris Hunter • Christina Daoussis • Jayson Rivette • Jeanette Barrow • Kristin Harmidy • Lindsay O’Connell • Matt Marshall • Mitch Jamieson • Patrice Lemieux • Ray Fourneaux • William Fournier

Guest speakers and resource persons: Colette Lespinasse • Dmitri Vitaliev • Elena Ippoliti • Frema Engel • Julie Ranger • Louise Edith Hébert et les Mémés Déchaînées • Lucie Lamarche • Michèle Taïna Audette • Pearl Eliadis • Tara Collins • Diana Copper • Yousry Moustafa

Interns: Alexandre Hureau • Amina Chemssy • Arca Arguelles-Caouette • Arielle Corobow • Daria Sleiman • David Aird • Diana Arghirescu • Giorgio Petmezas • Hannah Quinn • Ian Roy • Stéphanie Jeremie

Volunteers: Daciana Catalina Dumut • Emily Bolduc • Jeff Cheng • Lara Pocock • Matthew Griffiths • Michael Cooper • Milan Hareau • Pacita Candelario • Samara Prupas

Host families: Alison Hall • Anne Heatherington • Anne-Louise Chauvette • Catherine Jenner • David Aird • Diana Arghirescu • Diane and Len Liben • Fréderic Hareau • Frema Engel • Ian Boeckh • Johanne Lacroix and Gaétan Bourgeois • Johanne Patry • Laurent Ruhlmann • Natalie Miyake • Rob Yalden • Ruth Selwyn • Sandra Stephenson • Suzanne and Cameron Black • Tatsuko and Michael Cooper

Our nurse: Sylvie Lapostolle

AIMIA Common Good Team: Adrian Cole • Anne-Josée Laquerre • Hwafern Quach • Patrica McManus • Paula Kae O’Campo • Rafael Alencar • Victoria Ebecz

Media: Joane Prince, Info Matin – ICI Radio-Canada Première • Mike Finnerty, Daybreak – CBC Radio One • Philippe Marcoux, C’est pas trop tôt – ICI Radio-Canada Première • Susan Schwartz, The Gazette

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