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Expanding Data Collection for Dalit Communities in New Delhi

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A Dalit women-led network of paralegals trained and supported by our partner Nazdeek is expanding their data collection efforts and tracking access to basic services for two additional low-income communities in New Delhi. ICAAD’s role was to develop a new version of the human rights monitoring technology […]

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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 for women and impoverished people in in two communities, Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojana (RRAY) in Baprola and Bhim Nagar in Nangloi. In its first three months of data […]

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Community Sees Change: Scaling Necessary to Turn the Tide Against Maternal Health Abuses in Assam

“Volunteers can be agents of change,” one survey respondent answered. Another mentioned “the environment has become less corrupt than what was prevalent before the project.” A recent evaluation of the End Maternal Mortality Now (EndMMNow.org) initiative illuminated dynamic changes in the maternal health landscape in Assam, India […]

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Meet the women fighting corruption and saving mothers’ lives in India

Corruption, a lack of political will and poor medical facilities are a lethal mix for new mothers in India’s Assam state. Armed with cheap Nokia phones, local groups are taking a stand Joshua Carroll Monday 24 August 2015 07.06 EDT Tea plantations – photo by Joshua Carroll In […]

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Assam Tribune: Woman denied free blood transfusion in govt hospital

    Woman denied free blood transfusion in govt hospital External Page – Sanjay Roy GUWAHATI, May 6 – In a serious human rights violation in Assam, a 26-year-old pregnant Adivasi woman was first denied free blood transfusion in a Government hospital, then her entitlement under Janani […]

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The Telegraph: Tea garden women lack medicare: Study

Sukti Dhital of Nazdeek in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos Tea garden women lack medicare: Study Sumir Karmakar External Link Guwahati, Feb. 18 : A study on maternal mortality in tea gardens in two blocks of Sonitpur district has revealed serious gaps in emergency medical […]

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The Hindu: Poor access to maternal healthcare for Assam Adivasi women

  Poor access to maternal healthcare for Assam Adivasi women: report -SUSHANTA TALUKDAR A report on access to healthcare of Adivasi women working in tea gardens in northern Assam’s Sonitpur district has revealed that they face many obstacles like corruption, lack of services and poor quality of […]

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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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