Our Impact around the World
All of Equitas’ international projects consider gender equality through an intersectional approach and integrate gender-based analysis. Equitas has a specific project dedicated to gender equality on the international level, Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education.
Discrimination and violence against women and girls are widespread, deep-rooted, and prevalent in many parts of the world.
Gender inequalities are also exacerbated when compounded by the effects of poverty, marginalization, and discrimination based on other grounds such as race, ethnic and religious identity, disability, age, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other marginalized identity. Through Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education, Equitas works in partnership with local organizations in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania to contribute to the empowerment of women and girls by providing them with the tools and knowledge to promote gender equality in their communities and around the world. Equitas strengthens women’s leadership through community mobilization activities for women and men that promote gender equality. Our work helps to strengthen collaboration between women’s organizations and human rights organizations, and to encourage decision-makers to respect their obligations related to gender equality. To achieve these objectives, we focus particularly on issues such as:
- Violence against women and girls
- Women’s participation in decision-making
- Harmful traditional practices such as child and forced marriage
Why Gender Equality?
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The Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education project is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
Mouvement burkinabé des droits de l’homme et des peuples (MBDHP) – Burkina Faso
The Groupe d’appui aux rapatriés et réfugiés (GARR) and Partners for Engaged Citizenship – Haiti
Women’s Empowerment Link (WEL) – Kenya
The Rencontre africaine pour la défense de droits de l’homme (RADDHO) – Senegal
The Réseau Equitas Sénégal pour l’éducation aux droits humains (RESEDHU) – Senegal
TUSONGE Community Development Organization – Tanzania
Our Impact in Canada
Through our local programs, Equitas strengthens movements to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Canada. In this past year, 78% of the 3360 youth reached through our Speaking Rights Community Action Projects were young women and girls. For example, Equitas collaborates with Quebec Native Women (QNW), an organization that defends the interests of Indigenous women and confronts issues that have historically and continue to have an impact on Indigenous women’s lives in Canada. QNW provides tools and resources to support young women’s leadership and to create dialogue among youth on important issues such as understanding identity, preventing violence and bullying, confronting discrimination and increasing youth participation in organizational decision making. After a Speaking Rights Training, QNW integrated tools and learning to better understand how young women experience violence and intimidation in their communities and launched a new bullying prevention project based on traditional Indigenous methods of conflict resolution. Equitas also joined a new Advisory Group for the project and continues to collaborate on this initiative. Additionally, as part of a new youth-led initiative and partnership with Equitas, QNW is working to create more equitable spaces through an anti-discrimination policy for their organizations to ensure greater inclusion of LGBTQI/two-spirited Indigenous peoples in communities across Quebec.
” By offering a secure space where members of the LGBTQI/two-spirited community could share their experiences and examples of best practices, we became a driving force for change in public opinion and within the Aboriginal community regarding sexual minorities. Through the promotion of environments that are more inclusive and secure, we will better insure the security, integrity and
dignity of all our people. “
– Program Manager, Quebec Native Women
What they say
“The discussions we had made me realize the tremendous mobilization of the various stakeholders to promote a greater empowerment of the women and girls in this community. ‘’
– Christine St-Pierre, Quebec Minister of International Relations and the Francophonie during her visit of our projects on the participation of women and girls in Senegal (March 2016).
“The [girls] learned a lot about different issues, like hypersexualization, sexism, egalitarian relationships, sexual exploitation, women’s rights. They developed critical thinking and analysis skills regarding these phenomena and then they became agents of change.”
– Youth worker, Montreal, Canada on the Equitas Speaking Rights program (June 2016).