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

Sharing a Systems Approach to Systems Change

ICAAD was invited to North Carolina to conduct a workshop for senior and country staff at IntraHealth International on our systems approach to identifying and disrupting systemic problems like gender-based violence and gaps in maternal health services. IntraHealth International is a global health organization focusing on health workers and their role in improving the health of women and their families, with over 500 employees working in 37 countries in Africa, the Americas, and Asia.

The sessions focused on approaches ICAAD used for its maternal health project in India, and medico-legal training and judicial reform work in Pacific Island Countries to combat violence against women and girls. ICAAD Co-Founders Hansdeep and Jaspreet followed their presentation by conducting participatory design exercises with IntraHealth staff, delving further into how approaches can be iterated and become sustainable. By sharing insights on how to link justice and health sector advocacy, ICAAD aims to foster greater collaboration with IntraHealth in the future.

Special thanks to Constance Newman, Nola Paterni, and Rebecca Kohler for the invitation.

ICAAD previously presented at SwitchPoint in 2016, on barriers to access to justice for women in the Pacific Islands, and improving accountability. Read more about that presentation here.


We’re excited to be partnering with Be Social Change at this year’s New York Nonprofit Connector on July 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM. Join us for a facilitated networking event to strengthen New York’s nonprofit sector by creating meaningful connections, building new partnerships, and sharing ideas and resources!

You can register here: https://www.besocialchange.com/new-york-nonprofit-connector/. For a 25% discount, use the promotional code nynpc25 at checkout.


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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