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Women Together Against Violence

Dalit and tribal women remain incredibly vulnerable to violence in India.

Karuna support a number of women's organisations across India. We are helping them come together to work with local government, police, judiciary, and women to improve the appalling situation of low-caste women.

April 2016 - March 2019

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  • Need


    Dalit and tribal women across India continue to be extremely vulnerable to violence. They lack education, political voice, knowledge of laws and confidence. Common forms of violence these women face are verbal abuse, physical assault, sexual harassment and assault, and domestic violence and rape.

    These women don't have advocates, support, and so access to means of improving their situation. There are women's movements dominated by high-caste women and Dalit movements dominated by men.


    Karuna's Maitri Network gives a voice to these groups of women who remain marginalised. Our pan-Indian women's network engages with local government, police, judiciary and local men. They work to sensitise them on the issues faced by Dalit women and to make sure laws are being properly implemented.

    Most importantly, they provide support and a voice for local women, so they can find ways to improve their situation, and so their issues can be raised publicly and solved.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Sensitise Key Stakeholders (Local Govenment, Police, Judiciary) on issues of violence.


    » Home visits to victims, providing legal support and counselling and following up on every reported case to make sure they reach conviction.

    What success will look like

    1)number of cases of violence documented and investigated
    2)%reduction in cases of violence as documented by project
    3)increase in court convictions
    4)% women reporting changes

    Aim 2

    Gender Sensitisation for Men and Women


    » Community awareness raising through street theatre, posters, home visits, and sensitisation of local community leaders.

    What success will look like

    1)% of women who report increased quality of life
    2)% of men who report more engagement in household and family activities

    Aim 3

    Training to Dalit-led Women's Organisations.


    » After conducting assessments of training needs, the appropriate training workshops will be run each year in key operational areas identified.

    What success will look like

    1)network internal documents
    2)documented progress towards agreed impact
    3)documented resolutions issued by the network
    4)number of workshops
    5)number of exposure visits

    Aim 4

    Identify other like-minded organisations across 10 states.


    » Quarterly network meetings to strengthen working
    » Exposure visits to other organisations
    » Ongoing advocacy on issues affecting Dalit and tribal women
    » National conference on issues and strategies affecting Dalit and tribal women

    What success will look like

    1)network internal documents
    2)documented progress towards agreed impact
    3)number of charters of demand submitted and acted upon

  • Impact


    Long term, we hope to bring about changes in attitudes towards low caste women, and greater inclusion, security and confidence for them.

    This will be demonstrated by changes in policy as well as statistics and surveys conducted by the government and NGOs. Importantly, our long-term partners are charting the impact of our work over time.


    The risks to the aims include 1) backlash from men 2) men not engaging in the activities 3) training not being suitable for the needs of the organisations 4) new organisations may not be well engaged in activities.

    We will deal with these with 1) regular home visits 2) the organisations will have their capacity build to engage men. Primarily young men which we have previously discovered are open to learning 3) a needs assessment will be carried out 4) a due diligence process will take place.


    We will update regularly with case studies, pictures, videos as well as against outcomes. We will report the findings of our baseline survey at the beginning of the project and then report against this.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,950 sensitisation Sensitisation and capacity building for key stakeholders
      £7,000 communication Communication and public awareness raising
      £13,550 home visits Home visits to women affected by violence
      £9,000 support and counselling Provision of support, referral services and counselling
      £9,000 advocacy Ongoing advocacy activities
      £7,000 capacity building and training Capacity building and training for network members
      £5,500 admin costs Project Administration Costs
  • Background


    This project works with a network of grassroots women's organisations across India. It will be co-ordinated from Pune, Maharasthra, but partners are in states all across India (West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh)


    Poor Dalit and tribal women, who have been the victims of violence, or are likely to be so will be the primary beneficiaries. Men, and society at large, will benefit from the trainings and activities do they are more sensitised to gender and women and girls are treated better.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Karuna has been working to counter the effects of caste discrimination in India for over 30 years. Much of this time has been spent working to counter discrimination and violence against women, and we now have number of grassroots partners working hard across the country.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Imen Trabelski

    This is the Karuna Co-ordinator for the whole project. Imen oversees Karuna's Women's Empowerment work and is responsible for our pan-India network.

Empower Dalit women to find their voice

Empower Dalit women to find their voice