UN member states reaffirmed gender equality as a global priority when they adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We know that gender inequalities remain deeply rooted worldwide and global commitments are not enough.
This is why Equitas and its partners are actively promoting human rights education that:
- results in innovative community-based solutions to prevent discrimination;
- challenges entrenched attitudes that lead to inequality;
- strengthens networks of solidarity and;
- facilitates dialogue with decision-makers.
In 2015, we launched a three-year Action Plan to promote and integrate gender equality in a systematic way in all our programs and organizational practices. Together with our partners in Canada and worldwide, we strive for improved opportunities and equal participation of men, women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community and people who do not ascribe to culturally and socially constructed gender roles.
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).