Human Rights

  • Social Activist Collectively mission is the empowerment of women through law. This is based on the belief that law is an instrument of social change and can be used in different ways to further the constitutional and human rights of women. Since its inception in 1998, the Social Activist Collectively has been actively engaged with the entire legal regime of addressing the rights of women in law.
  • Social Activist Collectively provides legal inputs to the women’s movement. Social Activist Collectively through its experience of providing legal aid to survivors of sex based discrimination, violence, abuse and crimes, has realised the need to analyse the working of the laws and investigate ground realities when it comes to implementing laws relating to women. At Social Activist Collectively, our objective has always been to find out the efficacy and relevance of legislation and legal systems and recommend its better use, as well as to initiate and spearhead law reform processes, whenever required. Law reform recommendations are formulated by keeping in mind the lived realities of women. The recommendations put forth by Social Activist Collectively are directed not only towards recognising equality rights of women but also towards creating an enabling environment in which such rights can be asserted. Social Activist Collectively efforts in creating legal awareness are guided by the overall objective of empowering women.

The work of Social Activist Collectively has in the past years have focused on a wide range of issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment at the workplace, sexual assault, reproductive rights, trafficking / commercial sexual exploitation, violence faced by victims of religious intolerance etc. Our most successful campaign has been the enactment of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act in 2005. The success of this campaign heralds in a new era of lawmaking in which the demand for the law is articulated by the civil society and the content of the law is arrived at through a consultative process directed at consensus building. This successful experiment, at the initiative of Social Activist Collectively, has demonstrated that the process of law-making is no longer the sole preserve of the state but is participatory with civil society.