Change happens one extraordinary, courageous person at a time. Professional conflict-resolvers, challengers of the status quo, fighters against violence and exploitation, and human rights defenders everywhere are the people who push our world forward with the goal of achieving equality, tolerance, and respect for human dignity. With the protection of universal human rights as a common goal, Equitas’ innovative educational tools and eye-opening programs help advocate for social change by helping one person at a time. Building on a now 40-year-old network of human rights changemakers composed of over 4,500 alumni, all connected through our online Community of Practice, the change brought by these participants affects millions of people all around the world.
The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP), a one-of-a-kind program designed to empower human rights defenders, provides a participatory learning experience for human rights educators and takes place every June in Montreal. This past year, the IHRTP created change in 48 different countries by training 96 individuals from around the world and equipped them with the knowledge and tools to better protect the rights of marginalized and vulnerable groups and fight discrimination, inequality, and human rights violations.
The training of human rights defenders is funded primarily by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.