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.
Faith communities joining the battle against gender stereotypes and inequality is fundamental to combating violence against women and girls.
It is important to recognize that we won't always share the same positions on all issues, but where there is alignment, we should work together and amplify those efforts.
In 2014, when visiting Fiji, we had the privilege to speak with Archbishop Chong and found him to be extremely thoughtful and genuinely concerned about how faith communities could play a role in combating gender based violence. ... See MoreSee Less