India with its multitude of challenges of social injustice, caste and class discrimination, violence against women, and its rich fabric of civil society mobilization and academic and cultural activism is a hub for our programmes. We are privileged to collaborate with exemplary long-standing organizations that have spearheaded paradigm shifting approaches to social justice, women’s rights and empowerment, and peace.
Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) is a pioneering peacebuilding initiative in South Asia. Established in 1999, it foregrounds women’s leadership in the areas of peace and security and promotes cultures of pluralism and coexistence in the region. WISCOMP has been a pioneer in initiating the discourse on women, peace, and security in South Asia.
WISCOMP draws on innovative and experiential pedagogies that synergize research, training, and practice. These are used to build linkages between individuals who work in the fields of education, gender studies, peacebuilding, public policy, law, and the creative arts. Its practice builds on a body of research that covers over 200 scholarly publications, reflecting cutting-edge ideas from the areas of international relations, displacement, climate change, and their impact on gender.
Over the last 25 years, CORO has developed a community-based approach to improving the lives of India’s most marginalised and oppressed.
Making all our voices heard: We work towards a society based on equality and justice. We do this by empowering leaders in the most marginalised communities to steer collective action for social change CORO was formed with the aim of propagating adult literacy in the slums of Mumbai.
Over the last 25 years it has evolved into a grassroots-owned organisation led, shaped and managed predominantly by Scheduled Caste and Muslim women and men.
Vimochana Forum for Women’s Rights, Bangalore
Vimochana means ‘Liberation’. With the “personal is political” as one of our cornerstones, our concern is with the socially sanctioned forms of personal violence perpetrated on women within the home and outside. This violence can occur in the personal forms of dowry tortures, murders and other forms of marital violence, female infanticide and feticide, the sexual harassment and rape of women, the trafficking and commodification of women. Our wider engagement is also with the growing violence in society today: the more public and political forms of violence stemming from ideologies like those that propagate communalism, fundamentalisms, nationalism and militarism leading to greater human insecurity and institutionalised intolerance.
Our specific objectives are:
• To strengthen women’s resistance to violence both within the home and within communities, cultures and politics
• To make families, communities and the state responsible for and responsive to the growing violence against women
• To create alternative spaces and fora for public debate and dialogue to bring about attitudinal and institutional changes in our society vis-à-vis discriminatory attitudes towards women
• To make visible the deeper connections between increasing violence in the personal sphere of the home and the increasing brutalization of the larger public polity
• To infuse into public and political life the feminine ethic of care and compassion and draw in all sections of society to strive towards a world free from all forms of war, violence, intolerance and conflicts
• To affirm women’s knowledges and wisdoms as also that of all marginalized and vulnerable communities victimized by the dominant politics of progress and development.
Bandhua Mukti Morcha
Bonded Labour Liberation Front(Bandhua Mukti Morcha)
Bandhua Mukti Morcha (BMM) was formed in 1981 to wage a battle against the pernicious bonded labour system in India. Administrative and political will to carry out the Constitutional mandate and enforce prohibitive laws of the land failed to produce any results. Against all odds, Bandhua Mukti Morcha has achieved the release of over 1,24,000 bonded Indians from the shackles of slavery. A large number of them have been rehabilitated. From the Carpet Industry alone, about a thousand children have been rescued and restored to their parents. Their rehabilitation has been monitored effectively. BMM has started a campaign for the provision of non-formal, full time education for these children, alongwith the supply of nutrition to each and also some food security to their poor families.