The goal of Samerth is to achieve the universalisation of elementary education through mass mobilization and the people’s participation.
To create a cadre of 20 women from five different geographical locations of Ahmedabad, train them as paralegal, give them legal support and empower them to become leaders/resource persons of their areas by also providing them with information on reproductive rights and various government schemes and departments.
Identification and training of 20 women barefoot lawyers (through proper selection criteria) from target area – 10 in first and 10 in second year and empower them to emerge as leaders of their area – by providing legal support/knowledge on reproductive rights to their community especially women and also giving information on schemes and lobby for advocating the injustices done to them .
Capacity building of Samerth staff by experts on legal, health & hygiene and various schemes.
1a:We recruited twenty female volunteers and three women from the Samerth team so we trained twenty three candidates in all. In the initial phase we trained them on Saturdays, every week. Beyond this a two part training was conducted, on each occasion lasting a couple of days, as a refresher course for all that they had learnt in the first phase. These candidates come from the grassroots of the society and therefore to construct their understanding regarding paralegal concepts, government schemes, rights and entitlements is of prime importance. Finally, in the last six months a refresher training of the whole course was conducted to make sure that the trainees were confident about what they had learnt.
The 23 candidates:
Ranrez Nafisa Bano Akhtar Hussain, Sheikh Maher Afroz, Sheikh Mehjabeen H., Sheikh Zareena Abdulshakoor, Sheikh Hazra Abdulshakoor, Pathan Afsana A, Pathan Akhtarunisa, Momin Nazmeen, Parmar Asha, Solanki Reshma, Pathan Saira, Memon Zarina F, Chavda Nazneen S, Mehjabeen Rangrez, Shabaparveen Sheikh, Mubina Mohan, Nagma Talat, Nasreen Pathan, Mumtaz Ghanchi, Nyazpari Pathan, Samina Ghanchi, Farnaz Pathan, Taslim Jani
Topics covered in the training included Fundamental rights, Who are paralegal?, the Indian constitution and administrative structure, the filing of a FIR, Right to Education, Right to information, 2005 law pertaining to domestic violence, Act 498 a pertaining to physical and mental harassment by in-laws, Mulsim Personal law, Quran and women, Hadish, talaq, Homosexuality, transgenders, the method of counselling, the meaning of remand as questioning and not the right of the police to rough up the accused.
The training was conducted through three modes of lecturing, group discussions and recounting of personal experiences.
1b:Staff capacity building has been conducted on the following topics:
Advocacy, importance of pluralism by the Institute of pluralism, Third gender, RtERtI, Swati exposure visit to learn about NyaySamiti and Police Mitras, Musilmwomens’ position, Analysis of status of Muslim women in India, Law and constitution and rights of Muslim women, Sachhar report Government programs and Muslims, the truth of Gujarat, Domestic violence, justice, Economic and social and academic position of Muslim women in the national perspective, How Islam originated, Rights of women according to Islam, Interpersonal and intrapersonal communication strategies, Personality development and importance of communication, Caste and communalism, Budget and gender, Patriarchy and problems of women, Understanding disability, OBR rally, What is violence against women and where all does it happen, The effects of violence 2013 criminal law amendment act, How to counsel, Janmukhirashtravaadmeinvidyarthiyonkeebhoomika, Equal opportunity commission, Diversity index, International Womens’Day celebration, Indian philosophy and pluralism, Historic perspective and pluralism, Juvenile justice (Children in need of care and protection, Children in conflict with law, Children in contact with law), Gujarat police commissioner rifle training, Rights of choice freedom for all, India constitution and Muslim personal law, Rights of women in Hadish according to Quran, The recognition and role of women in society, Uniform civil code, etc.