Human Rights
Project #20290

Access to Justice for Women & Girls in the Pacific

by International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD)


The Pacific Island region has the highest rate of violence against women in the world. On average, more than 60% of women and girls face sexual and gender based violence. ICAAD is improving judicial accountability through evidence-based analysis, advocacy, and rule of law trainings, focusing on gender stereotypes and norms that produce low sentencing outcomes in domestic violence and sexual offense cases. Help promote access to justice for women & girls in the Pacific!
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As part of our Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, ICAAD aims to combat patriarchal norms that have embedded gender discrimination within the very structures of society that should be providing women and girls avenues for justice, redress, and protection, rather than allowing perpetrators to escape accountability.


ICAAD's access to justice project aims to strengthen the rule of law by restoring accountability, transparency, and consistency to the judiciary. Our focus is to change the attitudes and behaviors of judges and prosecutors through evidence (data collection and analysis) and train them to recognize how gender stereotypes and cultural norms contribute to low levels of sentencing, thereby denying access to justice for victims/ survivors by perpetuating the cycle of violence.

Long-Term Impact

By eliminating discriminatory practices, there will be no implicit judicial sanction to the continued violence that women and girls face, victims/ survivors will have a proper forum to seek redress, and fair sentences for domestic violence and sexual offenses will convey to the perpetrator and the broader community the severity of the violent act. As attitudes and behaviors shift, these will be reflected in laws and societal norms that impact 5,000,000 women and girls in the region.


ICAAD Website: Promoting Access to Justice

Organization Information

International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD)

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Hansdeep Singh
Co-Founder, Director of Legal Programmes
Chappaqua, NY United States
$17,478 raised of $21,000 goal
109 donations
$3,522 to go
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