Equitas honours IREX Europe Yemeni partner


IREX Europe project partner Youth Leadership Development Foundation (YLDF) has been honoured this International Human Rights Day with the 2014 Equitas Award for Human Rights Education. YLDF is one of two international organisations, along with the Society for Children and Youth of British Columbia – SCY (Canada), who will be presented at two Gala Cocktails to take place in Toronto on March 18th and in Montreal on March 20th.

The Equitas Award was created in 2010 to recognize individuals and organizations who are distinguishing themselves through educational programs that advance equality, social justice and respect for human dignity. It celebrates the critical role that educators play in building communities where human rights principles and values guide daily behavior and decision-making. Selection of the recipients is done by a jury which includes Equitas staff and Board as well as outside experts.

YLDF strives to encourage and support Yemeni youth to participate in the social, economic and political development of their country through vocational, leadership, communication and life skills development. Their team has been working for over ten years in youth empowerment and human rights education. The Jury was particularly impressed by YLDF’s innovative and effective approaches to combining youth engagement and occupational training as well as their successful programs to equip young women to assume leadership roles in their community.

YLDF partnered with IREX Europe in the Camera as Voice project, an initiative funded by the UK Foreign Office that uses film as dialogue about human rights, globalization, and radicalism. The project empowers rural and urban youth with new technology skills as well as new and creative outlets for self-expression and mentors youth organizations in Aden, Taiz, Hadramot, and Ibb to build their capacities in youth training and leadership programs.

YLDF and IREX Europe also jointly implemented the three year Yemen Young Women’s Leadership Programme, funded by the UK Foreign Office, which built the skills of young women for civil society and media careers. Young women were able to receive training in English, media techniques, and life and leadership skills,. They were also placed in internships at NGOs or media outlets and received further training to develop their professional and leadership potential.

YLDF partnered with IREX Europe in the Camera as Voice project, an initiative funded by the UK Foreign Office that uses film as dialogue about human rights, globalization, and radicalism. The project empowers rural and urban youth with new technology skills as well as new and creative outlets for self-expression and mentors youth organizations in Aden, Taiz, Hadramot, and Ibb to build their capacities in youth training and leadership programs.

YLDF and IREX Europe also jointed implemented the three year Yemen Young Women’s Leadership Programme, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which built the skills of young women for civil society and media careers. Young women were able to receive training in English, media techniques, and life and leadership skills,. They were also placed in internships at NGOs or media outlets and received further training to develop their professional and leadership potential.



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Previous recipients of the Equitas Award for Human Rights Education include former Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine (2010) and renowned Pakistani human rights defender, Asma Jahangir.

The Award Ceremonies will be sponsored by Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, and will take place in:

Toronto: Tuesday, March 18th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
TD Centre’s Lambert Room, 54th floor

Montreal: Thursday, March 20th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil’s 7e Ciel

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