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ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Locking Horns with the World’s Most Challenging Problems at CGI

ICAAD was invited back as a member to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this year and was fortunate to have five team members attend the recent CGI Week of Action leading up to the upcoming CGI Annual meeting at the end of September.

“Engagement with CGI members is always a deeply rewarding experience — its a great way to meet dedicated game-changers who want to help solve some of the world’s most difficult challenges,” said Hansdeep Singh, Co-Founder & Director of Legal Programs at ICAAD. He continued, “We’ve also benefitted from increased engagement from ICAAD Advisors this year, who have lent their expertise in a number of recent CGI meetings, and have been able to spread the word about ICAAD’s Commitment to Action to promote access to justice for women and girls in the Pacific Islands.”

ICAAD Board Member Bryan Miller with President Bill Clinton

ICAAD Board Member Bryan Miller with President Bill Clinton

Joanna McGibbonCommenting on the session on Gender Inclusiveness & Equality, Joanna McGibbon, Advisor said, “I enjoyed hearing the inspiring story from the Women Deliver representative of a youth ambassador from Zimbabwe who was concerned with maternal health, and successfully advocated amongst the elders in his community to ban the practice of child marriage. The ambassador shared this story with a peer in Bangladesh, who decided to replicate the focus on elders in his community for his project. It’s that kind of willingness to challenge the status quo combined with modern global connectivity that can help change the lives of girls globally.”

laura volunteerLaura Toyofuku-Aki, Volunteer Development Manager, attended two sessions, including one on Resilience and Security in the context of global health. She stated, “The session I attended was incredible and informative. I was fortunate enough to be part of a working group session on GE’s commitment led by GE Foundation Executive Director Dr. David Barash, on maternal and infant mortality during surgery.”

Parisa_bio_picParis Elahi, Advisor, who attended a session on Innovative Financing for Renewable Energy commented, “having previously worked on financing issues for a renewable energy project, it was great to converse with leaders in the field while discussing issues like the importance of pooling solar panels and mobilizing capital for projects in developing countries.”


Bryan Miller, Board Member, attended two sessions, including a reception recognizing the importance of organizations focusing on women and girls. During the reception, Bryan had the chance to meet with Bill Clinton to briefly discuss ICAAD’s work. He said, “Most surprising, the President will take a minute to meet anybody who is dedicated to making the world a better place – a genuine and exemplary man! I look forward to seeing him again as ICAAD continues to build relationships at the Clinton Global Initiative.”

As part of ICAAD’s Commitment to Action to promote access to justice for women and girls in the Pacific Islands, we will be releasing a major case-law analysis report providing data to drive the next advocacy steps in the region. We anticipate the report will be released prior to the CGI annual meeting in September, and will be discussing the results there.



Great talk! "Dr. Prabhjot Singh is on a mission to makes healthcare more accessible. His “a-ha moment” came as he attended the funeral of one of his patients where he saw the man in context of his life and community, rather than the bare facts included on his chart. Singh realized that this man’s death had been the result of the collective failure of many systems—education, mental health, neighborhood safety, job placement, veteran support. In Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, Singh insists that we must discard our top-down approach to the healthcare system and that regardless of our leadership, the solutions won’t come from our government. We must rebuild our system from the neighborhood up." ... See MoreSee Less

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"Article 25, sub-clause 1 of the Indian Constitution guarantees
that “subject to public order, morality and health,
all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience
and the right to freely to profess, practice and propagate
religion.”38 However, its sub-clause 2 (B) and its corresponding
Explanation II is considered very controversial.
While Explanation I states that the wearing and
carrying of kirpans shall be deemed to be included in
the profession of the Sikh religion. Explanation II in
sub-clause 2 (B) states, “Hindus shall be construed as
including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jain
or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu religious
institutions shall be construed accordingly.”39 This
constitutional provision is very discriminatory, as it connotes
that even as a multi-faith state, India seems to be
concerned about the social welfare of only one religion
(Hinduism) and its religious institutions. The appended
Explanation II effectively groups Sikhs, Buddhists, and
Jains into Hinduism. Explanation II has also led to other
discriminatory laws against these religions, including
the Hindu Succession Act (1956), Hindu Marriage Act
(1955), Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (1956),
and Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act (1956). These
laws are largely viewed to force legal assimilation of
these religions into Hinduism, rather than recognizing
them as distinct religious identities."
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