Gender is deeply layered and interconnected with varied forms of identities and social systems. This is especially true in India where the complex dynamics of religion, caste, class and cultural diversities layer the construction and expression of gender. The resultant violence is often systemic and deeply ingrained in the cultural and social fabric of the different communities.

In India, a society in transition, while some positive changes in the lives of women are acknowledged today, gender violence remains a widespread and persistent challenge with well recognised as well as newer forms of violence against women across diversities being stubbornly evident. Child marriage, dowry deaths, female foeticide, domestic violence are still common and men’s beliefs and attitudes toward violence are still shaped by life-long process of gender socialization. Violence at the work place, often-invisible hunger, lack of access to education, health care, employment options continue to impact the lives of numerous women. Their reproductive health and rights and safety remain areas of huge challenge and women’s roles in governance is still far from equal.

On the other hand, people who do not conform to dominant societal norms and behaviors or people who are perceived as ‘different’ because of their sexual orientation or health status experience extreme marginalisation, stigma and abuse, lack access to basic services and any supportive structure. They often face coercion, repression, exclusion, victimisation.

Within this context, we work towards building societies where multiple stakeholders recognize, understand and value gender justice, accord it a high priority and become proactive in addressing gender violence in their own lives and communities.

Our work specifically focuses on building people’s agency in initiating, deepening and sustaining dialogue and context-specific, creative, non-violent action against gender violence. We campaign, build processes, workshops and programmes that are dialogic, action-learning focused and sustained, conduct researches and studies, develop and disseminate knowledge resources and build capacities of groups and people from different walks of life for this.

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Hearing voices about gender justice

(Below) Watch a short on Ab Baaki Charcha or ABC: By building dialogue through dance and movements, theater, magic, arts, ABC, our intensive mobilisation process run in collaboration with the MenEngage Secretariat and about 30 other partners, worked to build participation of Delhi’s citizens, especially men and boys, in the quest for gender justice.