The system of
is rooted in our society, and being a
patriarchy society, women’s voice and opinions are often suppressed
or are never given attention. "Mahila Panchayat" program is an
initiative which talks about women rights and security. Legal
awareness and formation of Mahila Panchayats is a step taken by
Sahyog Care for the empowerment of women. These Mahila
Panchayats offer crisis intervention and legal aid at community level
and help tackle local level legal disputes and assist in reduction of
violence against women.
Sahyog Care for You has promoted the setting up of Mahila
Panchayats. Mahila Panchayats is an innovative collective approach
for community participation in dispute redressal. After need
assessment and thorough analysis, community women leaders are
identified and these women are then motivated to volunteer as
Mahila Panchayat Members. The women groups are trained in legal
issues, dispute redressal mechanism relevant to crimes against
women, given exposure about the existing legal position regarding
property, maintenance, marriage, custody, etc. They are also given
training in counselling, FIR writing and how to proceed for legal
recourse. The Mahila Panchayats acts as a "Watch Dog" and its
members, after orientation, and training, can handle delicate family
disputes. They try to find solutions at the local level. They link up
with lawyers and issues which cannot be resolved at the Mahila
Panchayat level are either resolved by the lawyers or alternative
course of action is determined in consultation with lead NGO, lawyer
and Delhi Commission for Women.
Mahila Panchayats have started taking cases and resolving them at
the community level. These cases are related to maintenance,
domestic violence, alcoholism and other issues. In majority of cases,
Panchayats have been able to resolve the cases at their own level.
However in some cases, they had to take joint action to put pressure
on the concerned convict so as to obtain redressal for the
GOAL OF THE PROGRAM
The goal of the program is to provide effective redressal mechanism
within the community to protect rights of every woman in the state.
It is our dream that one day there would not be any domestic
violence against a woman in the society.
- To aware women about their rights so they can demand justice
without any fear.
- To equip them with knowledge and information so that they
could fight strongly against the injustice happening with them.
- To provide a forum for solving their conflicts and family
disputes within the society.
- To build up a community level group of volunteers who can
assist victims on the spot.
- Creating rights’ awareness amongst women from marginalized
- Providing a platform for articulating abuses.
- Facilitating redressal through counselling and legal procedures.
- Mobilizing men and women towards communal vigilance and