60%-80% of women and girls in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have faced physical or sexual violence based on prevalence studies conducted by U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). Gender Based Violence (GBV) impacts all aspects of life, from health and safety to economics and education of over 6,000,000 women.
ICAAD has been working since 2013 to bring change to the region by conducting trainings for judges, lawyers, and NGOs in the region, and using innovative technology that measures and monitors accountability for legislative and judicial policy reform.
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CALL TO ACTION
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We are currently working on:
- Developing medico-legal training for healthcare professionals to better conduct examinations, collect evidence, and testify
- Developing the first ever legal research database and data dashboard in the region capable of analyzing and tracking institutionalized discrimination against women and girls in the judicial system.
Your support has already resulted in:
- A anti-sexual harassment train the trainers program for local NGOs to train private businesses and government.
- A handbook on gender bias for GBV in the Pacific for judges and legal professionals, developed in conjunction with law firm Clifford Chance (UK)
- 3 rule of law trainings conducted for over 300 judges and lawyers in the Pacific
- The publication of a groundbreaking report "An Analysis of Judicial Sentencing Practices in Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Cases in the Pacific Island Region" (Read at: https://icaad.ngo/ReportGenderBiasPICs)
- 12 strategic assessments conducted on Pacific Island Countries analyzing gender equality
- 940 judicial decisions in 10 countries analyzed for how gender stereotypes and cultural norms affect sentencing
- 50+ local, national, regional, and international stakeholders conferenced with during field-work in Fiji
- 40+ attorneys spent 3,000+ hours on research & analysis
- $1,000,000+ pro bono (free legal services) hours donated
- Over 13,000 judicial decisions reviewed using big data and text-mining technology to identify trends and patterns of gender discrimination (tech services donated by partners)
COMMITMENT TO ACTION
ICAAD and its partners made a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative, which was recognized by Secretary Hillary Clinton at the annual CGI meeting in September 2014.
Rule of Law: DLA Piper LLP, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Clifford Chance, University of the South Pacific
More than 60% of women and girls in the Pacific Islands have faced domestic violence or sexual assault, in contrast to about 35% worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs), the rate of physical or sexual violence against girls and women (G&W) is 60% - 80% based on prevalence studies conducted by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).
ICAAD and its partners are taking a holistic approach and building cross-sectoral partnerships to uproot gender inequality within the judicial and healthcare systems. These interventions focus on strengthening the rule of law and were identified with the assistance of local stakeholders including local women’s rights NGOs, UN Agencies, Regional Bodies, and local governments.
For more information: https://icaad.ngo/accountability-gender-based-violence/