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Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights

Flushing, United States
Joined November 2017

Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (SAHR) is a global team of human rights lawyers, activists, and academics who seek to improve access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence.



Presence in: Afghanistan, India
Focus: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (SAHR) is a global team of human rights lawyers, activists and academics who seek to improve access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence.

SAHR works to improve access to formal and community-based systems of justice. We believe that self-advocacy is essential to pushing for systemic change so we create spaces for local communities to develop and use their own voice and agency.

We work with women who deal with intersecting and systemic vulnerability on a daily basis. We bring together knowledge in human rights, law, anthropology, development, gender and various forms of social and creative activism. Our programmes include:

1. Pro bono Litigation – We provide legal assistance to individuals and communities to protect the rights of women across Afghanistan and India. Through litigating individual cases we are able to identify systemic issues and legal gaps within the justice system, which we can then pursue through public interest litigation, training and advocacy.

2. Research & Change – We develop research products focused on applying international and feminist interpretations of human rights law to local contexts and share our findings through reports, toolkits and other materials. We use these to advocate for a more nuanced understanding of human rights within governments, international organisations and the media.

3. Training – We conduct workshops based on our experience conducting litigation and research work to strengthen the capacities of women’s rights advocates.

4. Self-Advocacy – We facilitate dialogues where vulnerable women and communities can collaborate with and support one another in seeking justice. We shift the focus of human rights lawyering towards understanding and supporting individual and local notions of justice.

People Associated With This Organization

Aruna Chawla

India  
Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am an independent Fashion, Luxury, Arts and Culture lawyer from India. I closely work with organisations, businesses and individuals in areas of business, legal (social and economic) and environmental sustainability. I have a keen interest in creative fields and professions. I provide legal advisory and dispute resolution services in these specific industries. My work majorly includes labour and employment laws, contracts, and intellectual property laws. I also volunteer with Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights on issues of social justice, gender-based violence, and legal policy in India.

Nishma Jethwa

India  
Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights
Joined November 2015
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
Human rights lawyer and gender rights advocate. Nishma is Director at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights and heads its India team, working to improve access to formal and community-based systems of justice. She is also the Strategy Lead at Shiva Foundation, which supports systemic change to tackle human trafficking in the UK and in India.

She has experience working on issues surrounding gender and race, including working at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre and Aman Biradari. She is currently based between London and Mumbai.

Nishma is currently open to collaborating on projects relating to addressing gender-based violence, community and race relations and technology and human rights.
Nishma Jethwa is the network champion (main point of contact) for Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights.

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