Training, tools and resources

Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

Education, Training Resources and Publications [1]

Equality and Diversity and Grounds for Action

Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

External Education and Training Resources and Publications

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

United Nations OHCHR Training and Education Materials

  • Training and Educational materials consist of guides, manuals and handbooks for indigenous peoples, minorities, professional groups (e.g. police, prison officials, judges, parliamentarians, human rights monitors, election monitors and social workers) and educational institutions.
  • Fact Sheets provide information on a wide range of human rights subjects. By researching and focusing on an issue, a Fact Sheet helps readers understand human rights and related topics, and the international machinery that has been established to promote and protect them.
  • United Nations OHCHR on-Line Training Course: “Gender Equality, Human Rights and Me”
    This online course has been designed to provide a basic understanding of gender equality and how to integrate a gender perspective into human rights work. Suitable and of interest also for non OHCHR staff working on gender and human rights. It deals with topics such as gender analysis, gender sensitive language and gender equal organisational culture. It also refers to a chapter of an OHCHR document on integrating gender into human rights monitoring
  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) UN Free and Equal Initiative – a global UN public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI people. It also provides education resources and FAQs

The National Disability Authority (NDA)

  • The National Disability Authority has free online resources for helping public sector staff. These include a library, an online accessibility toolkit, an eLearning module for disability equality training, and videos of conferences and interviews.
  • Resources:
  • The e-learning is a short online training module entitled ‘Disability Equality Training’, which aims to help staff working within the Irish public sector to deal with customers with disabilities. The module is interactive and contains videos, text and assessment tools to provide an introduction to disability equality awareness training.

Inclusion Ireland

  • Inclusion Ireland received funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission grant scheme for a project on the Public Sector Duty.  A steering committee of 6 people with intellectual disabilities was picked for the project. This committee helped plan and carry out the project. The project comes with two booklets, a guide called ‘What is the Public Sector Duty?’ and a checklist called ‘Checking a Public Service for Accessibility’.

Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

Other External Resources

Equality and Human Rights Values-based Frameworks

Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

External Resources on Procurement

The European Network of National Human Rights Institutions’ (ENNHRI 2017) statement on public procurement  – European NHRIs adopt a Common Position on the human rights implications of privatising or contracting out public services



The European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI)

Business and Human Rights: 

Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland Department of Finance PGN 03/18 – Human Rights in Public Procurement. 2018
    The Procurement Guidance Note, ‘Human Rights in Public Procurement’, was developed by the Department of Finance in consultation with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. It sets out the legal obligations for contractors to consider human rights when conducting procurement processes. It includes measures to prevent and mitigate human rights violations.
  • Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission animation on procurement and human rights.
    An animation on Procurement and Human Rights, which highlights how businesses might prevent and mitigate human rights violations, such as mapping its supply chains and establishing transparent grievance mechanisms. It contains several case studies of public procurement activities that have gone wrong, often with fatal consequences.
  • The Northern Ireland Business and Human Rights Forum  was established by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in 2015 as a multi-stakeholder platform for engagement by Government, business and civil society on business and human rights issues.


[1] Views expressed in external links are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.