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Jan Sahas Social Development Society

Dewas, India
Joined November 2017

Jan Sahas: People courage for change

Presence in: India
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Jan Sahas is committed to promote the development and protect the rights of socially excluded communities with the special focus on girls and women through abolishing all kind of exclusion, slavery, violence and discrimination based on caste, class and gender. Jan Sahas started functioning in the year 2000 when it took up the issue of death of one child labour and two dalit labours in an illegal unit of firecrackers. Few people united on the issue and Jan Sahas was born. On this backdrop a group of young volunteers decided to come together and form an organization, ‘Jan Sahas Social Development Society’. Organization focuses specifically on legal empowerment, access to justice, eradication of all forms of bondage including manual scavenging and caste-based prostitution; empowerment of adolescent girls and women to end violence and gender justice and reform in criminal justice system; support in education; land rights and agriculture development; promotion of basic rights and entitlements; develop barefoot lawyers to build victim or survivors as leader and empowerment of communities through capacity and organization building.

The target groups of the organization is socially excluded communities such as Dalit, Tribal, other excluded communities and special emphasis on girls and women. The organization is intensively working in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Through the fellowship program, networking and campaign initiative Jan Sahas has its presence in the rural and urban areas of other 48 districts of 5 states (Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Maharashtra) of India. Jan Sahas is also involved in national level policy initiatives with the government and UN Agencies.

People Associated With This Organization

Ashif Shaikh

Jan Sahas Social Development Society
Joined November 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Other, Women's Rights
Ashif Shaikh is co-founder Jan Sahas. Jan Sahas is building capacity and supporting to 1000 practising lawyers for strengthening criminal justice system and build a cadre of 4000 barefoot lawyers to ensure access to justice for all. Jan Sahas is working to end cast and gender-based violence and slavery through eradication of inhuman practice of manual scavenging, caste-based sex work and forced labour, Jan Sahas is also supporting to survivors of rape, trafficking and sexual abuse to access to justice in India. Jan Sahas liberated 28,000 Dalit women from the practice of manual scavenging and provided socio-medico and legal support to 8000 survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Ashif is the member of the various committees of the government of India and received various national and international awards.
Ashif Shaikh is the network champion (main point of contact) for Jan Sahas Social Development Society.

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