Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO) is a human rights non-governmental and non-profit organisation, with no political or religious affiliation. ACTEDO was established in 2013 and is based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
ACTEDO’s mission is to promote fundamental human rights and gender equality and to act against human rights violations. We consider that abuses against vulnerable groups and gender inequality are rooted in the lack of human rights education on a national level, in stereotypical beliefs and practices regarding men and women, as well as in the failure of institutions to implement laws and apply adequate sanctions in cases of abuse and discrimination. In order to reach our objectives, we pursue three strategic directions (programmes):
- Access to Justice. ACTEDO runs The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, the largest clearinghouse in Romania that specialises in human rights, which matches lawyers and law firms with individuals belonging to vulnerable groups whose rights have been violated or with human rights NGOs working with vulnerable groups.
- Gender Equality. ACTEDO does advocacy work in order to improve the specialised services and the protection of victims of gender-based violence in Romania and has coordinated the national network Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence in 2015 and 2016.
- Human Rights Education. ACTEDO organizes legal training sessions for lawyers on various human rights topics, as well as workshops for high school students on human rights literacy.