VISION: Creating a gender just society
OBJECTIVE: To overcome social exclusion and injustice based on gender and bring about inclusiveness through enforcement of measures to attain gender justice that create a path for rightful enjoyment of constitutionally guaranteed rights.
VALUES: Justice: social, economic and political is a guiding principle of the constitution of India where the preamble to the constitution itself ensures its lexical priority. The irony lies in the fact that in India where women are worshipped as Shakti, the most crucial atrocities are committed against her. The degree of atrocities is magnified for women, as caste, class and gender are interlinked and deeply entrenched in the society. This is an attack on their right to live with dignity which is basic to every human being. From the cradle to grave, women are under the clutches of numerous evils acts such as discrimination, oppression, violence: within the family, at the workplaces and in the society. The root cause of all the atrocities faced by the women is (1) illiteracy, (2) economic dependence, (3) caste restrictions, (4) religious prohibition, (5) lack of leadership qualities and (6) apathetic and callous attitude of males in the society. In this regard what is important is not only the provision of rights but that these rights should be justiciable. Proper enforcement of rights is achieved only when it is backed up by justiciable measures, redressal mechanisms. This is evident in the recent historic Sabarimala verdict where the Supreme Court of India made it clear that constitutional morality based on ideas of equality and justice is above any form of practices even if backed up by religious sentiments if it promotes any form of exclusion. But what continues to remain a gap even in this verdict is that the women’s access to justice in order to realize these provisions without having to bear the brunt of the patriarchal mindset. The inclusion of women in the society requires the elimination of all forms of injustices against them as holistic development of the society cannot be achieved without complete participation of women where women constitute almost half of the society. Ambedkar, the father of Indian constitution stated: “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved”. Thus, we aim to collectively work towards a gender just society that is free from the vicious cycle of poverty, social exclusion, illiteracy, violence and injustice in all forms.
We aim to achieve gender justice through an overall upliftment of women in the society through measures such as: access to education, providing public awareness on rights and justice , providing platform for voicing their opinions, grievances etc., so as to ensure that government policies and programs are in accordance with their demands, organizing discussions, seminars, conference, dialogue and other lawful gathering for promotion of capacity building, information dissemination, providing access to healthcare, helping to fight legal battles etc.