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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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On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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