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Put the World to Rights

Take our online courses and take action for human rights in your community.

Free online course on human rights – Put the World to Rights

About the course

Equitas launches annually an online course in English, French and Arabic. This course will introduce you to human rights and help you identify ways to take action to protect and promote human rights in your everyday life. Through this free online course you will explore what human rights are and learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You will also learn about the underlying principles of human rights and the international human rights system. Finally, you will learn about some current human rights issues and identify actions you can take to protect and promote human rights. The course will allow you to engage and discuss with other learners taking the course from all over the world. After completing all the online course modules, you will be eligible to receive a certificate of participation. 

Course duration

You can take the course at your own pace and in your own time. This course has five modules. The estimated time for completing each module is 2 hours. However, depending on your level of participation, this time may be shorter or longer.

Who can take the course?

Everyone with online access and with an interest in human rights and human rights education can take the course. You can take the course on your own or as a group.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain what human rights are and present the underlying principles
  • Describe the main components of the international human rights system and identify some human rights instruments
  • Identify ways to defend, protect, and promote human rights
  • Analyze some current issues using a human rights lens
  • Take action for human rights

What participants had to say about Put the World to Rights

“The course met my needs perfectly. Working with children, youth and women, I had previous knowledge of some aspects of the legal framework of human rights, but this course allowed me to perfect my knowledge in the field and improve my skills to promote and protect human rights. The course inspired me to learn more about human rights and to become a human rights defender and be a source of inspiration for other youth.” – Participant from Colombia

“Put the World to Rights is an excellent way to gain knowledge about human rights and its instruments. By reading the comments of other course participants’, I gained a broader view of human rights issues in other countries as well.” – Participant from Tunisia

[…] It encouraged me to read many instruments, conventions and know about human rights more as I work in humanitarian field. This course and other courses and training programs about human rights are needed for me to reinforce my background and promote human rights better and explore ways to protect, promote and defend human rights.” – Participant from Iraq

The course met my expectations, specifically relating to human rights generalities, what you don’t learn in school […]. The course allowed me to understand the principal notions of human rights, as well as adjacent notions.” – Participant from DRC

How to enroll

This online course uses Moodle, an open-source platform for collaborative learning administered by Equitas called the Equitas Community.

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*To locate the online course on the Equitas Community select Learn > General public and then click on the course in your language of preference*


If you have problems connecting to the Equitas Community, send an email to communityequitas@equitas.org