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.
Fantastic op-ed by Ford Foundation President Darren Walker: "There is hope in the powerful, American idea that we can support law enforcement, while also seeking to improve it—that we can love our country, while working to perfect its systems and structures of governance and justice. While some have called the phrase "black lives matter" into question—or even called it racist—these moments remind us to keep our eyes and hearts open to uncomfortable truths about America. Our republic was built on a founding contradiction: White men declared "all men are created equal," while they owned black men as property. Our Constitution asserted black lives counted only three-fifths as much as white lives....Today, more than ever before, we each must take it upon ourselves to become the firefighters for justice." ... See MoreSee Less
There is hope because we live in a nation where peaceful demonstrations can produce meaningful change, and where our law enforcement officers act selflessly - sometimes sacrificing their lives - to protect the very people protesting against them. [...] they are anything but. Consider that in the ear...
The UN Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign, which is managed by UN Women, has declared the 25th day of every month to be “Orange Day.” If you have no idea what the heck that means, don’t berate yourself too hard — it’s literally part of my job to write about women’s
"There is a tendency to regard nationality as timeless, something that is a fundamental part of one's identity. As a result, the fact that many people received a nationality relatively recently as part of the decolonization process is often ignored. If a group lacks a nationality in the country in which they live, there is often a failure to examine if that group should have qualified under the transitional laws enacted during decolonization, and why, if so, they failed to receive the nationality to which they were entitled." ... See MoreSee Less