Project

Voice of Women

Gender Equality

PARTNER

Jan Sahas

PEOPLE SERVED

8000

THEMES

Gender Equality

LOCATION

Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, India

Voice of women

COVID-19 Update

As communities around the world are forced to stay at home, women and girls are at a heightened risk of domestic violence, child abuse, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence.

During the pandemic it is difficult for various stakeholders to reach out to women at risk. The ‘Voice of Women’ survivor support team, in collaboration with the helpline team, conducted regular follow-up calls with all the cases recorded in the system, as well as collaborating with the police, media, news agencies, and survivor forums across the country. An estimated 1,237 survivors received support in this way during the lockdown period.

What are the challenges?

Violence against women is widespread in India, and Dalit and Adivasi women find it particularly difficult to gain access to justice. Because perpetrators are rarely brought to justice, Dalit and Adivasi women are considered "easy targets" for sexual violence and other crimes. In rural areas, the access to state legal services for Dalit and Adivasi women is extremely limited and women in these areas rarely receive support from independent organisations. The selected project areas have among the highest number of cases of violence. 

What is the aim of the project?

The project provides legal and social support for female victims of violence, ensuring that they can access justice and be protected in the future. By training and making available legal representatives and services - including “barefoot” lawyers, legal representatives from the communities themselves with an innate understanding of the social environment - the project aims to provide readily accessible legal aid for women in need. 

What are the main activities?

  • Training and capacity-building of women’s grassroots organisations and self-help groups
  • Training, sensitisation and mentoring of paralegals, Legal Service lawyers and “barefoot” lawyers 
  • Legal and social support for survivors of violence 
  • Awareness-raising campaigns aimed at the general public
  • Sensitisation workshops with adolescent boys and men