"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Building multidisciplinary partnerships & strategies to combat structural discrimination globally

Programs

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.

 

Featured Media

Handbook puts gender bias on the spot

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Sexual Harassment Train the Trainers Workshop

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Addressing Racism in VR + Donor Spotlight

Dear friend of ICAAD, This season, we are grateful that ICAAD has grown to be a vibrant community of people ... Read More

Demanding Access to Vital Services in Delhi

In December 2016, Nazdeek and ICAAD launched the SMS for Justice program in Delhi to track access to vital services ... Read More

Global Pro Bono Report: Accessing Justice – 3 Year Anniversary Review

The Global Pro Bono Report shows the breadth and depth of ICAAD's ability to leverage multidisciplinary partnerships to catalyze social ... Read More

Serving Vulnerable Communities Globally: Introduction to ICAAD

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#RaiseYourShield

This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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