Women: Unfettered and Equal
AALI was founded in 1998 in the pursuance of the UN‚Äôs Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China in 1995. From the outset, AALI harnessed the United Nations‚Äô Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as its primary ideological framework. CEDAW, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, defines discrimination against women as ‚Äúany distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.‚Äù As its main focus, AALI adopted a rights-based approach and elected to concentrate its work on ensuring women‚Äôs rights in the private sphere. However, over the years AALI‚Äôs interventions have encompassed a wide-range of issues.
In 2018 AALI has:
- Provided direct intervention in the form of feminist-legal aid and advice to 1735 women in children across 30 districts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. The cases range from domestic violence, facilitated relationships of choice, sexual violence, child sexual abuse, witch-hunting, human trafficking, access to social security entitlements, etc.
- Built knowledge and leadership capacity of 24 women from marginalised communities of Azamgarh and Varansi districts of Uttar Pradesh. These women leaders have in turn reached out to 7590 women from their communities and mobilised them to assert their citizenship rights for social security entitlements and protection of fundamental rights.
- Trained and built capacities of 2242 civil society actors, like frontline human rights defenders, lawyers and youth in the hindi-belt on women's human rights, access to justice and effective use of law as a tool for change.
- Trained and built capacities of 1578 relevant government stakeholders part of the justice delivery mechanism, like police, medical practitioners, protection officers, judges, etc. in the hindi-belt on women's human rights and legally robust multi-stakeholder response to violations.
Lucknow , Uttar Pradesh 226007