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International Human Rights Training Program

Held in Montreal, Canada every June, the IHRTP is a world-leading program on human rights education

The 41st edition of the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) was held from June 11 to 30 2023!

“In a time of increasing divisiveness, learning about the powerful tool of human rights and about how to dialogue through difference is more than ever relevant and critical. Equitas’ International Human Rights Training Program creates a great setting to do just that. For over four decades, thousands of human rights defenders from over 140 countries have learnt not just about the human rights framework but also from each other. They have gone on to lead significant social changes in their respective communities in a way that bridges through differences to protect the rights for all.
Odette McCarthy, Executive Director at Equitas

Equitas celebrates more than 40 years of empowerment through human rights education

The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is an internationally recognized intensive three-week training program.

It is the only training in the world specifically dedicated to building the capacity and skills of human rights educators.

The program is a unique opportunity for human rights educators to acquire practical tools to improve the effectiveness and impact of their work while deepening their understanding of human rights.

Who may apply?

The program is for human rights educators from civil society organizations, regional and national institutions and government agencies.

Participation fees

The participation fee for the 2023 IHRTP is $ 7 300 CAD. 

This covers:
• Training costs
• Accommodation and meals
• Program materials
• Emergency medical insurance

International air transportation and Canadian visa fees are not included. 

** Full and partial bursaries may be available **

6 reasons why you should apply

1. Innovative approach

The Program is an immersion into the participatory approach. The participants are at the heart of the process. They analyze their work and create new strategies for action based on their own experience.

2. From education to action

During the training, the participants develop an individual plan, with the help of coaches, in order to put into practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills through activities (training, campaigns, evaluations, follow-up, etc.) within their organization and in their countries.

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3. Diversity

The varied professional backgrounds of the participants bring a great richness to the program. Every year, close to 100 participants from around 50 countries are accepted to the program based on their experience and commitment to the field of human rights. 

4. Professional development

In addition to the participatory approach, the program familiarizes participants with the human rights-based approach, the gender perspective and the systems approach. The participants acquire and develop tools for improving the effectiveness and the concrete impact of their work. The IHRTP helps participants transform their working methods by making them more inclusive and participatory.

5. Networking

The IHRTP is an opportunity for participants to meet other committed individuals who, like them, are leaders working for change in their communities. By taking part in the training, the participants become members of a community of practice allowing them to network with former participants and experts and to share tools and resources online.

6. Expertise and international recognition

Equitas has more than 50 years of experience in human rights education. The quality of our prize-winning work has been recognized in Canada and abroad. In addition to having trained several world leaders in human rights, Equitas has an ongoing working relationship with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Participants at the Equitas International Human Rights Training Program in the class, Montreal, Canada

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The IHRTP has expanded my knowledge and given me so much insight to a lot of things. I feel like a new person and I can hold my head up high with what I have learned. This is one of the very best trainings I have participated in.

– Participant from Nigeria


“Everyone who works in the field of human rights education should get this opportunity. This is a golden opportunity for us increasing knowledge and changing attitudes in positive ways.”

– Participant from Sri Lanka

“The IHRTP has enriched my knowledge and made me acquire new skills to apply at my work back home. The program is full of valuable techniques, lessons, methods, instruments and information. I am very happy that I was part of this amazing program.”

– Participant from Jordan


“The entire use of the participatory approach is probably one of the most important things I learned (apart from the UN systems and instruments!).” 

– Participant from the Philippines


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