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Multiple Action Research Group (MARG)

New Delhi, India
Joined February 2012
Presence in: India

MARG believes in justice through Legal Empowerment and this is how we try to achieve it:

Legal Awareness

Legal awareness and legal literacy lie at the base of any effort toward legal empowerment. Critical knowledge of legal provisions and processes, coupled with the skills to use this knowledge to realize rights and entitlements will empower people to demand justice, accountability and effective remedies at all levels. MARG produces a wide range of legal literacy materials, conducts legal awareness workshops for activists and the community, and also trains state functionaries on legal provisions and procedure.

Legal Assistance 

While legal awareness is the natural starting point for legal empowerment, it has often to be followed by legal assistance in actually accessing rights. This is especially so for marginalized sections whose protracted vulnerability makes access to justice particularly difficult. Legal assistance can range from legal advice and counseling, to representation in court through litigation. MARG provides legal assistance through its network of lawyers and community justice workers in various parts of the country.

Building Legal Capacity for Good Governance

Justice is closely linked to effective governance. Legal empowerment through legal capacity building is an important key to better governance. When people are equipped not only with the knowledge of rights and skills to enforce them, but are empowered to engage effectively with the state machinery and mechanisms, they are in a better position to secure their rights and pursue their interests. Legal capacity building of the poor and marginalised will empower them to protect their rights, pursue their own interests, and demand accountability and responsiveness from government agencies and public institutions. MARG works towards building the legal capacity of communities and organisations so they can act as catalysts for improved governance in their areas.

Policy Development

Justice requires just laws to begin with – laws which focus on the protection of the fundamental human rights of all, particularly the disadvantaged and the marginalized. Statutory law must comply with the recognized standards of human rights law. Effective safeguards must be available to prevent discrimination and uphold fundamental freedoms and equality. This is true not only for new or proposed statutes, rules and policies, but also for existing ones. MARG engages with policy makers in providing inputs for new legislations and assessing existing ones.

People Associated With This Organization

Barsha Mishra

India  
Multiple Action Research Group (MARG)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
I work with Multiple Action Research Group, New Delhi as Program Officer. I have worked and conducted trainings on the issue of sexual harassment at workplace and its relevant laws. I have successfully completed a project on “Strengthening the Access of Women in the Informal Sector in Their Right to Protection from sexual Harassment in the Workplace." I have also worked on the issue of racial discrimination and sexual violence on the project “Deepening diversity, Women’s Rights and Democracy in India”. I am very interested in the issue of Gender Based Violence.
I have been involved in trained paralegals and community justice workers on issues of sexual harassment at workplace, women rights, rule of law etc.

Noor Alam

India  
Multiple Action Research Group (MARG)
Joined July 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Women's Rights
Work with MARG.
Karuna Dayal is the network champion (main point of contact) for Multiple Action Research Group (MARG).

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