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.
#accesstojustice is essential for women: our mothers, our sisters, our leaders, our friends. That is why in two weeks we start fundraising to #EndVAW. For the month of June, our goal is to raise $48,000 to help fight violence and discrimination against women in the Pacific Islands. goto.gg/20290... See MoreSee Less
The Pacific Island region has the highest rate of violence against women in the world. On average, more than 60% of women and girls have faced violence according to prevalence studies using the World Health Organization (WHO) methodology. ICAAD is focusing on how gender stereotypes and cultural norm…
Mumbai nurse suffered from irreversible brain damage following sexual assault in 1973, for which no one was charged.<p>A Mumbai nurse who was raped more than 40 years ago and who has been in a coma ever since has died, local news channel <i>NDTV</i> reported.<p>Aruna Shanbaug, 68, was raped in the KEM hospital where she worked and suffered from an irreversible brain damage following the attack in 1973.<p>No one was charged with her rape. The man who was accused of the assault was charged with robbery.<p>The country's Supreme Court in 2011 rejected a petition by author Pinki Virani to stop staff at the hospital where Shanbaug was cared for from force feeding her. Virani also argued for legal euthanisia for Shanbaug.
President Barack Obama said that LGBT rights "are human rights" in a statement released Saturday to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.<p>"We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love," Obama said in a statement. "We work toward this goal every day. Here at home, we are working to end bias-motivated violence, combat discrimination in the workplace, and address the specific needs of transgender persons. Overseas, I am proud of the steps that the United States has taken to prioritize the protection and promotion of LGBT rights in our diplomacy and global outreach."<p>The White House also released a statement later that day condemning the homophobic comments recently made by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh reportedly said he would slit the throat of any gay person in his country and alleged the West could do nothing to stop him.<p>"The recent unconscionable comments by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh underscore why we must continue to seek a world in which no one lives in fear of violence or persecution because of who they are or whom they love. We condemn his comments, and note these threats come amid an alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation in The Gambia," National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in the statement. "We are deeply concerned about credible reports of torture, suspicious disappearances – including of two American citizens - and arbitrary detention at the government's hands."<p>Rice said the United States had already removed Gambia from a list of countries that could export goods to the U.S. duty-free and was considering what additional actions to take.
Last night John Oliver took time out to appreciate all that mothers do for us. But what begins as a takedown of corporate opportunism on Mother’s Day—“What better way to honor the woman that gave you life than taking her to Hooter’s?”—quickly turns to a serious look at a grim...