Policies involve rules, perspective, ideologies that are recognized/ or evolve as norms, shape norms, allocation of resources, constitute precedents for the rights, aspirations and needs of marginalized women, men and any other persons from a rights-based perspective.
Our approach is inherently working with policies at various levels—international, national, state and local level. It involves working with capability, accountability and responsiveness of actors who demand or supply policies. There are varied ways of engaging with policy. One can influence policy making through working with various instrumentalities and agencies. There are different ways of critically engaging with the current existing policies—by critiquing them, by working to enhance their implementation, by taking stock of the gains and losses through them and strategizing suo moto or alternatively, with/ or at request of various actors to work with them. Perspective building can be a tool of policy engagement where you may not be directly working for/against a policy facilitating the desired change, by spreading awareness and building capacities with those actors who are better equipped to bring the change. Evidence based research also serves to understand the status of an existing policy or to assess the need for a policy. Providing services to groups who are directly involved in policy making also feeds into the work of policy engagement.
We are part of national level campaigns protesting against all forms of discrimination against minorities and marginalized groups as well as advocacy for law reform on a number of concerns.
PLD conducts advocacy on advancing women’s rights in context of marginalization through interventions in the field of sexuality, culture, caste, conflict, poverty and development.