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.
We’re thrilled to share that Nazdeek has reached the final stage of the Namati Justice Prize! The Prize honors grassroots organizations across the globe who are finding ways to put law into people’s hands. We're one of the 26 organizations shortlisted for the 2015 edition of the Prize - and we need…
To be a professor of color at Columbia University and to be studying race-related topics is to be thoughtful almost all the time—as you will discover when listening to this conversation between drug expert Carl Hart and social work professor Courtney Cogburn, now a "Social Work Matters" podcast.
Good piece (and this rare for a CNN article) on the implications of climate change on lower lying islands. ICAAD and our partner law firm, Colin Biggers & Paisley (CBP) based out of Australia, are looking at the legal framework, or lack thereof, that would protect those who are in danger of seeing their homeland disappear. This article asks good questions about what is the responsibility of nations, like the U.S., that bear significant responsibility. More importantly, it shows the struggle of having to decide whether to abandon an important part of themselves . . their identity, the part that is inextricably tied to the land, for the safety of their family. ... See MoreSee Less
It's one of the clearest injustices of climate change: The Marshall Islands likely won't exist if we warm the planet 2 degrees. I traveled to the remote Pacific to learn what it's like to try to process that doomsday forecast. And why some people already are making the painful decision to leave. You…
The final paragraph of Justice Kennedy's decision in the legalizing same-sex marriage will live on through the centuries:
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered." ... See MoreSee Less
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored today’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States, is sometimes made fun of for his notoriously purple prose. But today he managed to close his opinion with one of the most beautiful passages you’ll likely read in a court case. I teared up…