About AALI

AALI is a feminist legal advocacy and resource group addressing women's issues through a rights-based perspective.

AALI envisions an egalitarian social system that recognizes women as complete individuals and equal human beings through advocacy for women's human rights. Our organization undertakes research, activism, and direct response with a strong focus on violence against women and the right to choice in relationship decision-making. Since the organization’s founding in 1998, AALI has aimed to fulfill the following objectives.

Mission and Objectives

  • To advocate and work for the issues and concerns of women, especially those from marginalized and deprived communities.
  • To undertake fact-findings, legal research, and policy analysis focused on women’s rights issues, particularly on the right to choice in relation to sexual autonomy.
  • To act as a legal support organization and resource center with a feminist perspective for other women’s groups, collectives, organizations, institutions, and individuals.
  • ~ To create, publish, and distribute material pertaining to women’s rights, issues, and concerns.
  • To provide legal and other required assistance to women, especially abused women, as well as initiate legal action and intervene in legal issues pertaining to the right to choice and violence against women.
  • To network and maintain links with other organizations and women’s groups at the regional, national, and international levels on issues related to women.

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AALI Directly Intervenes in the Following Concerns of Human Rights :

  • Women’s Right to Choice and Decision Making in Sexual Relationships
  • “Honour” Related Killing/ Suicide
  • Rape and other forms of sexual violence (Child Sexual Abuse)
  • Sexual Harassment at Workplace
  • Acid Attack
  • Domestic Violence
  • Forced Marriage (Child Marriage)
  • Women's Right to Mobility
  • Trafficking of Women
  • “Witch” Hunting

AALI Programs

Advocacy & Networking

AALI’s Advocacy & Networking programme engages with key stakeholders, including civil society organizations, the media and government authorities, to further awareness and understanding of the law and press for state accountability for the realization of women’s human rights.

Casework & Legal Support

Since 1999, AALI has been intervening in cases of right to choice in relationships and violence against women. In line with the organization’s holistic approach toward addressing issues of particular concern to women, AALI has pursued its casework efforts through a human rights framework.

Jharkhand Unit

Started in 2008, the Jharkhand programme serves the urgent need of local community organizations to incorporate the justice delivery mechanism into their programme framework. Paralegal trainings help develop the capacity of grassroots organizations to protect the human rights of marginalized women and children and to ensure State accountability in these matters.

Community Initiative, Azamgarh

AALI began conducting regular work in Azamgarh in 2009, holding workshops and trainings in schools and madrasas to build community awareness of human and legal rights. That same year, AALI surveyed multiple villages in Azamgarh to assess local need and evaluate the main issues faced by Muslim communities in the district. During that time, AALI recognized that many Azamgarh women are unable to avail of the legal benefits to which they are entitled, including ration cards, widow’s pensions, and educational schemes. As a result, where necessary AALI has focused on providing community members with information and training on gaining access to government services, in addition to holding rights-based and legal workshops.

Resource Center

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.

Testimonials

Before I attended AALI’s trainings on human rights and law, whenever I visited the police station, I used to provide a written complaint to the officers unaware that merely submitting an application is not considered a FIR. Even though I did case work, I never had faith in the police as I got no relief. Then I learnt there is a standard process to lodge an FIR. A number is issued for instance and obtaining a free copy of the FIR is a legal right of the informant. Now when I do casework, I ensure that the complaint gets registered officially and we receive a copy of it. I also now ensure that whenever I visit the police station, it is always entered in the station’s “Visitor Register”, specially in cases where the police do not cooperate in filing a FIR as per her duty.
FarzanaParticipant, Capacity Building Training on Women's Human Rights and Advocacy (2014)Samagra Mahila Vikas Samiti, Hamirpur, U.P.

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