International Centre for Human Rights Education equitas

(also in french)

  • Our mission: Equitas works for the advancement of equality, social justice and respect for human dignity in Canada and around the world through transformative human rights education programs;
  • our vision: Our innovative programs equip organizations and the communities they serve to build a global culture of human rights:
  • our values: … (full text /mission).

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Address: Equitas, 666 Sherbrooke West, Suite 1100, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 1E7;

About: Equitas was established as a non-profit, non-governmental organization in 1967 by a group of leading Canadian scholars, jurists and human rights advocates with a mandate to advance democracy, human development, peace and social justice through educational programs. 

Equitas has become a global leader in human rights education. Equitas’ capacity-building programs in Canada and abroad have assisted civil society organizations and government institutions to participate effectively in human rights debates, to challenge discriminatory attitudes and practices and to advance important policy and legislative reforms to enhance human rights protection and fulfillment.

In 1980, Equitas launched the International Human Rights Training program (IHRTP) which continues annually in Canada. Initially targeting young Canadian students, the IHRTP has evolved into an international program which attracts over 100 participants from approximately 60 countries every year. The success of the IHRTP has helped Equitas develop an international reputation. Our training programs are widely recognized for their innovation and quality.

Equitas’ current work with human rights educators and activists focuses considerable effort on shaping people’s values and attitudes in addition to building knowledge and skills. Equitas believes that HRE will succeed only when participants are engaged in all the aspects of the process and are challenged to consider whether their values and attitudes truly reflect the underlying principles of human rights: universality, indivisibility, interdependence, equality, human dignity, respect, non-discrimination and social progress. Consequently, all of our education activities make use of participatory methods and emphasize the necessity to engage all stakeholders in needs assessment, program design, delivery, evaluation and, just as importantly, in the planning of follow-up initiatives … (full text).

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