We believe that women & girls can reach their full potential when systems are designed to include their experiences and voices, and existing patriarchal systems are disabled. Our programs expand access to justice and human rights education by using evidence-based solutions that are institutionalized in local communities affecting millions of women & girls.
We believe that the identity of marginalized communities must be safeguarded. This happens when their ethnic, national, religious, linguistic, political, or cultural backgrounds are not seen as antithetical to the State, but rather, as a driving force towards creating a pluralistic society. Ensuring equal dignity for minorities helps to ensure just and equitable systems.
The U.N. Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism is central to how we monitor discrimination globally because of its universal coverage of human rights issues and ability to track States who have explicitly agreed to address human rights gaps by reforming their domestic policy. We train law students and civil society on law as an invaluable advocacy tool.
"ICAAD is interested in promoting experiential learning of human rights law at the university level, to ensure that students are not only exposed to the theoretical application of human rights law, but actually experience the process of monitoring, reporting and advocating through human rights mechanisms." Check out this blog on ICAAD's work with University College of London and international law firm Linklaters. ... See MoreSee Less
One of the most often expressed concerns students have about studying international human rights law is that they learn the theory but don’t learn the practice. They read human rights court judgments, but don’t learn how underlying complaints are filed; they learn the importance of UN human …
Environmental racism in Flint Michigan studied by State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). No. 1 reason super polluters were located in minority neighborhoods: “structural discrimination” ... See MoreSee Less
The Flint, Michigan water crisis shows that environmental racism, where toxic substances and polluters are deliberately located in Black neighborhoods, is still a major problem. A study by researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) also s…
"Bias and subconscious discrimination is not some sort of belief system someone can choose whether or not to believe in—it exists regardless and with far reaching implications. It is not a political issue, it is a human one—and importantly, one that tends to be easier to address than other forms of oppression." - Michelle Menchacha, Duke University student, in her article on Duke University's new program to combat implicit bias on campus. ... See MoreSee Less
Hooray! We had a very successful meeting with our community paralegals from our End MM Now project, government health officials and ASHA supervisors from the Balipara Block, Assam. Every 3 months a Citizen Grievance Forum will be set, where our paralegals will share in an open, collaborative space reports from the field on barriers that women face in accessing maternal health. Our shared goal: end maternal mortality! Pajhra International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination - ICAAD