Journey

Sakshi has a history of intervention in the area of violence against women (VAW). Over time, that brand of intervention taught us that despite repeated law reforms, service intervention, shelters and legal awareness, women emerge from violations with a lesser sense of self than before.

A reality that compelled us to reflect on our processes and re-think our intervention. Since 1997 therefore, Sakshi embarked on a process of change at the conceptual as well implementation level to respond effectively to VAW from a human rights perspective.

That meant adopting individual complainants as our starting point vis-à-vis mainstream institutions required to respond to their needs holistically. Shifting from the rules and procedures of legal responses to VAW, to a human rights perspective has therefore broadened the ambit of our intervention from individual women to mainstream institutions.

That expansion engaged us with the judiciary, educators, workplaces, feminist NGOs and individual women with a view to develop holistic responses to violence against women; a framework consistent with the expectations of a human rights perspective.

By 2016-2017, Sakshi’s work began to heavily incorporate digital media and film for behavior change communication. Sakshi has become empaneled with NFDC to facilitate this action line. Sakshi uses communication strategically to achieve positive behavioural and social results by:

Making difficult conversations a public issue, and highlight the fact that it is a public concern that affects all segments of society.
Challenging and influence change in individual and society-wide attitudes and behaviours that condone and tolerate inequality and discrimination.
Serving as a vehicle to inform and educate survivors about their right to receive support and redress, and how they can claim these rights.
Building critical mass for change by making visible the complex and varying social contexts to people from different backgrounds and create opportunities to learn from each others experience, form networks and grow wider and more powerful movements.
Empowering women and men, girls and boys to become individual champions of change, develop leadership skills among these champions, and advocate gender relations based on equality.

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