The 'energy'(urja) for empowering women through legal advocacy for a more equitable society.
Salaah aims to provide support and advice to destitute women and sensitise them on their rights. It is important to understand and be sensitive to the power dynamics that may exist in an individual’s situation, such as in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault or harassment. Counselling can play a crucial role in creating awareness, acknowledging the problems and preparing to counter them with grit and fearlessness.
It is important to advocate for women’s rights and speak out against discrimination and inequality. Additionaly, it is also important to listen and amplify the voices of marginalised women who may face intersectional forms of discrimination. Awareness and support can be generated via consultations, seminars, conferences and other mode of interactions, so that outreach can be optimum and awareness can be paramount.
Providing legal assistance to women in need is an important step to ensure their access to justice,enabling them to protect their rights. This includes providing pro-bono legal services such as, representation in courts, assistance with paper work, as well as providing educational resources and support groups. It is ensured that the legal assistance is culturally and linguistically appropriate and that it addresses the specific issues and challenges faced by women. The programme purposes to give access to justice to the marginalised and undertakes judicial advocacy for legal reforms.
There are many laws that pertain to women, such as laws related to protection against discrimination and harassment, dowry, domestic violence. These laws can be complex and difficult for general people to understand. One way to make them more accessible is to provide explanations and summaries through simple language and illustrations. Vakil Didi aims to reach out to urban and rural domains, and sensitise them on laws for protection of women rights.
“Saksham" is a program initiated by URJA, which translates to "Self-sufficient." This program aims to empower women from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with vocational training in various skills, enabling them to become self-reliant. Through this training, these women not only gain the skills to earn a livelihood, but also have the opportunity to become trainers themselves, passing on their knowledge to other women from disadvantaged groups.
"Equality of opportunity is the essence of social justice"
- Tony Honore