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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

Next edition: June 10 – 29, 2018

Next call for applications: September 2017. Stay tuned!


“ For the past 39 years, Equitas’ International Human Rights Training Program has helped to create one of the largest international communities of human rights leaders. This network of over 3,700 human rights defenders were trained here in Montreal, and are playing critical roles in making their countries better places to live for the most vulnerable and marginalized.”
– Ian Hamilton, Equitas Executive Director

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.

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.

Women's rights defender at Equitas' International Human Rights Training Program in Montreal, Canada
Equitas Human rights environment

3. Diversity

The varied professional backgrounds of the participants brings a great richness to the program. Every year, close to 90 participants from more than 45 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 50 years of experience in human rights education. The quality of our prize-winning work has been recognized in Canada and abroad. This will be the 39th IHRTP and over 3,700 human rights educators have been trained, including several world leaders in human rights.

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

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