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.
"The estimated personal and societal cost of Violence against Women is alarmingly high. Direct and indirect costs of violence against women and intimate partner violence affect the victim, their immediate family, society and economy to the extent of slowing down their normal functioning."
The monetary costs and the costs to society are huge, and need to be addressed. Together we can fight injustice, and end violence against women and girls. Raise your shield and protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Cost of Violence against Women largely underestimated VILNIUS, July 29, 2015 - The estimated personal and societal cost of Violence against Women is alarmingly high. Direct and indirect costs of violence against women and intimate partner violence affect the victim, their immediate family, society a…
Discrimination and Extortion Have Devastating Maternal Health Implications in Assam, India
"In 15 cases, maternal and infant death resulted because the women did not have enough money, a doctor or nurse wasn’t present at the hospital/clinic, blood was nonexistent, or an ambulance wasn’t available. Bribery, corruption, and discrimination against Adivasi and scheduled caste women played a significant role in healthcare failures."
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Sisters Imelda and Sandy traveled to the U.S. to reunite with their families in New Jersey when Border Patrol apprehended them near Columbus, N.M., from a rural town in Mexico. It took all of their strength, courage, and savings to come to the U.S. to provide for their families and send their childr…
Among sex workers, transgender women are nine times likelier to have HIV than their non-transgender counterparts.
"Transphobia is alive and well in many societies around the globe. And we see it play out in terms of verbal and physical violence, as well as denial of employment or education or familial support, or all kinds of ways in which transgender people are marginalized."
Another marginalized community denied access to health due to structural discrimination.
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