Legal awareness program for women
The primary mandate of the DIVYA JYOTI SEVASHRAM (DJSS) is to seek justice for women, safeguard their rights, and promote women’s empowerment. The DJSS monitors the proper implementation of all the legislations enacted to protect the rights of women so as to enable them to achieve equality in all spheres of life.
- To impart practical knowledge about the basic legal rights and remedies provided under various women related laws, thereby making them fit to face the challenges in real life situations.
- To make the women aware of:
- The various machineries/organs of the Justice delivery system available for redressed of their problems/grievances.
- The procedure of approaching and utilizing various channels available for the redresses of grievances i.e. the Police, the Executive and the Judiciary.
- The role of Courts in achieving gender equality, most importantly the concept of public interest litigation. ● The role of District Legal Service Authority, Free Legal Aid and Lok Adalats.
- To sensitize Women and Girls about their Rights as provided under the various laws including the Indian Penal Code, 1860; the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961; the Prevention of Domestic Violence to Women Act, 2005 etc. 5. Time Frame and Participants
- The programme should be of 2 days.
- There should be atleast 60 participants in each programme/ camp.
- First session of the first day should be devoted to the introduction of National Commission for Women and some basic information on other Commissions e.g. National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for SC/ST and State Women Commissions.
- Recognizing the need to impart legal awareness to women and girls, regarding their rights, the Commission has initiated a Countrywide Legal Awareness Programme for Women and Girls. The awareness programme is implemented through Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and reputed institutions and aims to empower women and girls with the knowledge of their legal rights and duties, ultimately to be able to share power equally, gain full access to the means of development and to inspire a whole generation of women to work together towards achieving equality and justice.
- After completion of almost Eight years of this programme the task of carrying it forward from state capitals to districts, towns, and Gaon Ki Ore is recognised as even more important. The Commission plays a catalytic role in taking the programme from cities to villages and from literate women to semi literate and illiterate women, who are facing greater constraints. NGOs, professionals, social workers, and women activists at various levels help the Commission to bring legal awareness among women and girls of various sections of society.