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Wednesday 23rd of September 2020




North America, Canada

TypeCountry of originConstitution

Human rights NGO Canada1960


Education, Good practices, Human Rights, Programs, Rights


Equitas’ programs provide frontline human rights defenders and educators, policy-makers as well as children and youth with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to promote human rights values and to combat inequality, exclusion and other forms of human rights abuse. Equitas’ education programs are effective and recognized internationally because of our innovative methodology, the global reach of our networks and the strength of our partnerships.

Equitas programs translate international, regional and domestic human rights standards into highly effective tools for empowerment, particularly for marginalized or vulnerable groups. The Equitas approach to human rights education opens important avenues for all groups in society to participate in decision-making processes and to hold governments more accountable for actions or inaction that contribute to human rights violations.


For nearly half a century, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education has been working for the advancement of equality, social justice and respect for human dignity in Canada and around the world. Through transformative human rights education programs, Equitas provides individuals the necessary tools to shape attitudes and positive behaviours, thus contributing to lasting social change. Its human rights education programs have measurable impacts and its methodology is recognized around the world for its quality and innovation.

Equitas was founded in Montreal in 1967 by a group of eminent Canadian scholars and social activists, including the co-drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, John P. Humphrey, women’s rights activist Thérèse Casgrain and the “ambassador of persons with disabilities”, Dr. Gustave Gingras. The co-founders strongly believed that education in the field of human rights would lead to more social justice. Equitas, a non-profit organization formerly known as the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, was created to transform that belief into reality.

Contact details

666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1100, H3A 1E7, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Telephone: 514-954-0382 - Fax: 514-954-0659


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