Area of Interventions
Key intervention strategies
1. Fact Finding and legal intervention
AIDMAM extends legal support, assistance and legal counseling to the Dalit women and minor girl's survivors of caste and gender-based violence. AIDMAM monitor incidents of violence against Dalit women and girls on daily basis. Dalit women leaders of AIDMAM conduct fact finding missions in the grievous cases to ascertain the facts of the cases. Such fact finding missions provides us the scope to interact with the survivors, witnesses and accused to understand the reality as well as the motive behind the incident. Based on these findings, our Dalit women leaders provide assistance to the survivors of caste and gender-based violence through advocacy and legal intervention with the state agencies beginning from the stage of registration of FIR till the judgment of the case. AIDMAM has undertaken more than 300 fact finding missions in the last three years up to 2021.
2. Survivor support
AIDMAM extends psycho-social support and other kind of support for the overall rehabilitation of the survivors of caste and gender-based violence including their financial stability. We connect the survivors with vocational training, readmission in the schools; motivate them to contest the election, to affiliate with any group for the welfare of women etc. This also includes the counselling of her and other family members to give her a dignified, healthy and non-discriminatory environment in the house and society.
3. Advocacy and Networking
AIDMAM women leaders following the fact finding of the atrocity cases, undertake regular advocacy interventions by submitting representations/application to Human Rights Institutions such as Scheduled Caste Commissions, Women Commissions, Human Rights Commissions (State and National level), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment etc. for providing timely relief and rehabilitation, protection and other immediate support to the survivors as per the SCs &STs (PoA) Act.We also undertake advocacy with Members of Legislatures, Members of Parliament for proper implementation of the SCs & STs (PoA)Act, POCSO Act and to bring policy level changes that benefits Dalit women and minor girls.
AIDMAM also involves in consistent networking and partnerships with individuals and organizations, working for Dalits, women and human rights with the aim to effectively combat caste and gender-based violence, discrimination and the culture of impunity.
4. Media Engagement
Highlighting the issues of Dalit women in the local and national media and getting representation for them is still a challenge faced by the Dalit community. Dalit population, mainly Dalit women must have an exclusive platform available for them to speak about the discrimination and violencethey are subjected to and to sensitize the society about it. To increase the outreach to the last person and to advocate and raise awareness among the government machinery, constitutional institutions, judiciary, academicians, parliamentarians and civil society at large, Dalit women leaders engage with the mainstream media as well as alternative media.
In particular cases of violence against Dalit women, press conferences are also organized to bring out the advocacy measures and legal interventions of AIDMAM and State's response to the same in the public domain for building pressure on State machinery and administration to take adequate and timely measures for the same.
5. Leadership development
AIDMAM believes that Dalit women and communities can themselves effectively challenge caste and gender based violence and the culture of impunity in the Indian society. So as to build a cadre of local leadership for grassroot activism, we identify young women and strengthen their capacities to become leaders of tomorrow. We continuously engage with them to inculcate the spirit of participating in Dalit women's movement for bringing about a socio-political change.
These young leaders are trained to monitor, highlight and address the incidents of caste and gender based violence in their neighborhood and conduct fact finding missions. The youth and women leaders are trained on various legislations such as SCs &STs (PoA) Amendment Act, POCSO Act, Constitutional provisions, Human Rights mechanisms, Panchayati Raj Institutions, use of social media, etc. Additionally, they are also trained on effective communication, writing applications and submissions, computer and media engagement. AIDMAM has been successfully able to train more than 400 Dalit youth leaders over the past three years up to March 2021.
6. International Advocacy
AIDMAM also engages in international advocacy to make Dalit women's issues visible globally and participates in various Consultations and global meets. We have always worked in close coordination with influential office bearers like UN special rapporteurs and have been assisting them with our experiences of increasing impunity and violence against Dalit women and girls as well as issues such as hate speech.AIDMAM has also held important representation on the issues of Dalit women in international conferences in Europe and America led by important United Nation and European Union bodies.
7. Research and Publications
Along with constant advocacy, we also strongly believe in creating awareness about the issues of Dalit women and dissemination of the knowledge developed through our work and research. Along with active work in the field, AIDMAM also develops research papers and other forms of reading material and publications and disseminates it among the stakeholders. These research reports and publications are greatly responsible for raising awareness about the rights of Dalits, current status of Dalit women in the country and legal procedures to access justice. These publications also form a very important tool of advocacy on national and international platforms and support our cause manifold.