Upon AALI’s founding in 1998, the creation of a resource department was identified as a critical need in terms of building the organization’s capacity, and AALI began addressing women’s rights in the private sphere by conducting preliminary research on the subject. As such, from its very outset AALI’s Resource Center has played a central role in defining and consolidating the organization’s efforts to promote women’s human rights. AALI’s commitment to evidence-based research has enabled the organization to engage effectively with key stakeholders, including governmental actors, on the issues of right to choice and violence against women, as well as to generate greater understanding among the media and general public as to women’s human rights.
AALI’s Resource Center operates in close collaboration with the organization’s other programmatic units and actively manages AALI’s interactions with outside audiences. The Resource Center collects information and prepares accessible tools on the fulfillment of state obligations toward women’s human rights, disseminating materials in both English and Hindi on violence against women, right to choice, and other issues of key concern to women. In addition, the Resource Center engages in capacity building, publication, and research and documentation, and maintains both AALI’s library and website.
Major activities undertaken by the Resource Center include:
Capacity building is one of AALI’s key initiatives, especially as pertains to the understanding and usage of laws related to human rights. One of the Resource Center’s main objectives is to build an understanding of women’s human rights as both accessible and exercisable within the public and private spheres.
AALI’s Resource Center currently provides two types of capacity building trainings to grassroots and organizational leaders: (1) conceptual; and (2) technical. The Resource Center’s conceptual trainings include a variety of thematic workshops on key human rights issues, including violence against women, gender, sexuality and law, and are designed to enable participants to view women’s issues through a human rights framework and to provide conceptual clarity. Technical trainings are provided to arm participants with detailed legal knowledge, particularly on those laws related to women’s human rights, as well as to discuss gaps in implementation and challenges at the ground level.
Individual and group activists as well as youth are targeted as direct beneficiaries of AALI’s capacity building efforts. In addition, AALI forms lawyers’ groups with the aim of sensitizing them toward women’s rights issues, and engages with the media to provide resource materials and raise queries concerning their publications (in particular, with regard to the language used when reporting on women’s human rights). AALI additionally strives to build the capacities of government service providers appointed under the Protection of Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), as well as inform police authorities on the rights of women under domestic and international law.
The Resource Center conducts research on the human rights concerns of women, especially in relation to the legal context and relevant court judgments. In addition, it translates court judgments into Hindi, as well as publishes posters, pamphlets, brochures and reports in both Hindi and English. As required, the Resource Center shares critical information pertaining to the implementation of women’s human rights, as well as abuses of those rights, with the media, judges, lawyers and the police.
Find the notable publications that the Resource Center has either authored or contributed here.
In addition to research and publication, another key function of the Resource Center is the compilation of data for evidence building. The Center works in close collaboration with AALI’s Casework & Legal Support programme to provide data on the PWDVA, Dalit atrocities, marriage registration, and abduction, among other critical topics. The Resource Center also provides background material for its trainings and workshops.
As the National Crime Records Bureau does not keep data on the right to choice, AALI has realized the need to keep accurate records on RTC of its own accord. The Resource Center’s media scanning initiative seeks to fulfill three objectives: (1) to keep track of the number of right to choice cases; (2) to analyze and respond to the language used by the media to report on RTC; and (3) to keep records of other reported events and incidents related to women’s human rights. On the basis of media reporting, AALI often initiates fact-findings into individual cases. Each day, the Resource Center scans ten daily newspapers for reports related to the right to choice or violence against women.
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