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Combating VAW in PICS Reports

Assessing Gender-based Violence in Niue

ICAAD Advisor, Erin Thomas, visited Niue (pronounced Nu-way) twice this year, conducted in-person interviews with advocates, academics, and government officials. Erin presented this Report to key representatives and is working on opportunities to conduct comprehensive data gathering and trainings on gender-based violence in 2018.

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Report Sets off Flurry of Questions for Women’s Rights Review

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) recently released an 8 page list of questions for Fiji, following the submission of a Parallel Report drafted by ICAAD on behalf of a coalition of local NGOs. While the Parallel Report mentioned efforts made in […]

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Analysis of Judicial Sentencing Practices in SGBV Cases in the Pacific Island Region

This report, An Analysis of Judicial Sentencing Practices in Sexual & Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Cases in the Pacific Island Region, provides crucial evidence of the effect that gender discrimination has on sentencing decisions by courts. The report highlights the extent to which gender bias continues to prevent women […]

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ICAAD Presentation at SPLA in Brisbane – Sept. 2015

In a presentation given on Sept. 17, 2015 at the South Pacific Lawyer’s Association in Brisbane, Australia, ICAAD’s co-founder Hansdeep Singh shared research conducted over two years on how impermissible factors, such as gender stereotypes and specific cultural practices, impact sentencing of perpetrators in gender based violence cases. […]

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UPR: Nauru, 23rd Session, 2015

Since its last UPR Review, Nauru has taken some concrete steps to combat gender inequality and violence against women. Issues remain in terms of amending legislation to include a specific domestic violence law; better data collection; and ensuring that gender stereotypes and cultural norms don’t impact accountability […]

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UPR: Micronesia, 23rd Session, 2015

The FSM delegation indicated to the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review that FSM was a “very peaceful society and that violence against women and children were rare and isolated”.  Since the first UPR review, not enough empirical studies have been […]

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Fiji: The Role of Culture in Shaping Judicial Opinions

The Role of Culture in Shaping Judicial Opinions in Sexual & Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Cases: Fiji Case Law Survey In Fijian culture, bulubulu – a custom for reconciling differences – is an essential part of traditional village life. Disputes were settled with the offer of a whale’s tooth […]

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UPR: Fiji, 20th Session, 2014

Drawing on ICAAD’s research, this submission highlights issues of structural discrimination that impactwomen and minorities. Furthermore, the research examines Fiji’s compliance with its international human rights obligations on the issues of: violence against women, women in the labor market, the unfair treatment of ethnic minorities, the LGBTIQ community, and […]

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UPR: Kiribati, 21st Session, 2014

The report examines Kiribati’s compliance with its international human rights obligations covering: Violence Against Women Gaps in Legislation Around Women’s Rights and Protection Interference with the Judicial Process by Cultural Norms of Apology & Reconciliation. Other Factors Contributing to VAW

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Board of Immigration Appeals: Protecting an Indo-Fijian Woman Asylee

Veliamma Veliamma, a Fijian Woman of Indian descent born in 1930, faced brutal persecution in Fiji on account of her gender and ethnicity. She was beaten on numerous occasions, robbed, and her home was taken from her. The Hindu temple she worshipped and preached at was also […]

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