Throughout the years PLD has complied various youtube playlists with video resources, linked below:
To initiate conversations around these issues, PLD has produced a video-series speaking to the themes of ‘consent’ and ‘rejection’. These videos are an attempt to encourage critical, self-aware expressions of intimacy. Based on stories re-constructed from real cases, this series seeks to go beyond crime and punishment to explore and encourage transformatory approaches to popular attitudes and assumptions about sexuality.
Panelists Madhu Mehra Paromita Vohra, Bishakha Datta, Sumit Pawar, Micky Bhatia and Harnidh Kaur talk about how PLD came up with the idea of making a series of videos on consent and rejection, what is the objective behind these videos and how important it is to bring up and discuss the grey areas that one frequently encounters among peers. The panel discussion held on 27th August, 2018 in Mumbai, in collaboration with Point of View and G5A Foundation, on the launch of PLD’s videos series on consent and rejection.
The book questions whether sexual justice is possible through law – if the push for law reform is focused entirely on enlarging the scope of sexual wrongs and punishments, without either building a sex-positive culture or pushing for decriminalising a range of stigmatised sexualities.
PLD conducted a panel discussion on 1st September, 2017 at IIC, New Delhi around our study on Pre-Trial and Trial Stages of Rape Prosecutions in Delhi.
PLD conducted a National Consultation on Adolescent Sexuality, Health and Law on 23rd, 24th August 2017 in partnership with Center for Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT), Mumbai and Resource Center for Interventions on Violence against Women, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (RCI-VAW, TISS), Mumbai.
A presentation by Anuja Agrawal of trends in relation to 48 cases of witch hunting from Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. The field work for data gathering took place between 2012-2014, while the case studies documented occurred between the years 1998 and 2013.
This report documents diverse strategies adopted by community groups in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal to negotiate women’s rights in the context of culture, while grounding the strategies in the specific political – historic local and national contexts. It looks at secular strategies along with the more recent responses to fundamentalism,that use of cultural identity and religious/ cultural resources.
This report documents the process of understanding cultures and cultural transformations that embrace and promote women’s rights. It involved mapping discursive interventions across Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and Nepal.
These admittedly political strategies that use cultural resources seek to contest not just sex discrimination, but also the orthodox, elite, male monopoly of cultural leadership. The report provides a rich account initiatives that promote culture as relational, transforming, plural and accommodating of women’s rights, and in doing so, challenge dominant static and fundamentalist assertions of culture.
The report is an outcome a workshop held in Puri, Odisha in 2006. The workshop was aimed at developing an understanding of the relative concept of gender law and human rights and the relation between these. It further aimed to develop an understanding of the concept of gender in general, its implications for individuals, family, society, State and legal system.
This conference report consolidates the concerns of activists, judges, lawyers and academics on barriers to accessing the legal system for women. Documenting voices of women pursuing justice through the law, perspectives of support/ service providers, and the judiciary, the report identifies the structural, operational and substantive barriers to accessing gender justice. In doing so, it highlights the divergent of notions of justice – contrasting those of the women pursuing justice and the different actors in the legal process.
This report has come out of our national workshop on “The Journey from Victim to Survivor: Challenges for Justice”, organized jointly by CWDS and PLD in February 2016 in memory of Professor Lotika Sarkar. With participation of women’s rights, child-rights, disability rights, minority rights, Dalit rights, queer rights activists and counsellors amongst others, the workshop sought to understand justice in terms of recovery and healing of victims of violence. Victim-centric
The resource book in Hindi on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO), 2012 titled ‘Bal Yaun Soshan par Kanoon’ was published in 2016. The comprehensive, context specific book discusses the law, its background, objectives and scope, as well as its core concepts; it details the offences, procedures and special mechanisms constituted to implement the law, incorporating relevant provisions from the Juvenile Justice Act, Criminal Procedure Code and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, in addition to the main law, POCSO.
The book ‘Karyasthal Par Mahilaon Ka Yaun Utpeedan’ is a comprehensive guide on The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Written in simple language, it is accessible to grassroots workers, committee members and lawyers alike, and enables implementation of the Act in a gender-just manner. The guide explains the provisions of the legislation, and also administrative and civil procedures not spelt out in the Act, but necessary to conduct inquiries as per the rules of natural justice. The book was published in Hindi in 2015 and in Telugu in 2017.
This socio legal study, the first of its kind in India, provides evidence of contemporary social trends of witch hunting, and the interface of witch hunting related victimization with law. It draws upon a variety of sources: case studies from select blocks in the districts; police records collected from Jamui, Bilaspur , Gumla and Ranchi for the years 2010 to 2012; and High Court and Supreme Court judgments from ten states.The study thus offers an evidence based critique of current trends in law and policy making in response to incidences of witch-hunting.
The report based on a study undertaken collaboratively by the three organizations, draws its findings from police reports and 16 case studies of victims from Goalpara and Sonitpur districts of Assam. Using ethnographic data, the report highlights the continuum of violations connected with witch hunting, also bringing into focus structural causes that make it possible to rationalize conflicts and losses through witch hunting; It points towards gaps in law and justice in police inaction and lack of preventive and reparative measures that enable a continuum of violations.
A report of a by PLD to monitor compliance with gender sensitive procedures in rape prosecutions. Conducted under the aegis of Department of Justice and the UNDP, the report draws upon trial monitoring of 16 cases of rape across 4 fast-track courts in Delhi, victim interviews, examination of case records and comparative and domestic law research. It concludes with recommendations that seek to strengthen victim centric measures to support women prosecuting rape.
A four page summary document of PLD’s report on Rape Trials in Delhi.
From the European witch-craze in the 16th century to modern day African witchcraft beliefs and contemporary cases of violent witch-hunting in India, history has been witness to witch-hunting across time and place. Why have witch-hunts taken place in the past? What makes them endure to the present? How are witchcraft beliefs different from place to place? What is the role of gender in witch-hunting? This review of diverse materials including scholarly articles and NGO reports tries to answer these questions and more from a feminist perspective, and attempts to piece together varied understandings on witch-hunting so as to find ways forward in which to respond to ongoing attacks on women in the name of witch-hunting.
The report is an outcome of 3 consultations held in Northern, Eastern, Western and Northeastern regions of India by PLD in partnership with state organisations, with the support of the NCW. The report maps the trends of violations inflicted on women in the name of witch hunting, its repercussions, and the role of the state and the law. The report also offers recommendations that are instrumental to advance justice to the survivors of witch-hunting.
This is a International Women’s Rights Action Watch, Asia Pacific publication, to which PLD contributed.
TA review of 6 years of PLD’s partnership programme. It profiles the work of the field-based partners, discusses PLD’s contribution to their work and assesses the impact of collaborations giving insights into the gains and challenges of such partnerships.
This workshop report explores the dominant understanding of human rights in relation to events in South Asia, pointing out its limitations in relation to women before moving on to discuss the relevance of CEDAW to human rights of women. Examining CEDAW through its core concepts, strategies for application at the local, national and international levels, this report is useful tool for understanding the treaty at work. In addition, the report mentions other special mechanisms for women within the UN human rights system.
Literally, this translates into ‘alternative law processes’. This report is a Hindi trans-creation of ‘Beyond Appearances’.
The title, like the report, alludes to applications and practice of law beyond the courtroom and court appearances. It documents field-based strategies in alternative law in different parts of India, setting out the relevance of alternative law practices for social justice in the context of India.
The workshop report outlines the conceptual framework of CPR, identifying challenges within the law. It documents the rich discussions on legal strategies used by field-based activists for asserting rights in relation to forest, water and land within the framework of CPR.
This workshop report typifies approaches to conducting a state-level programme on human rights. It contains tools to facilitate discussion on the human rights norms, contextualising universal norms in relation to local issues and strategies and provides the national framework for justiciability of human rights.
The workshop report outlines the diverse ways in which groups in India are integrating law in social action, discussing perspectives on action research, advocacy, quasi-legal intervention and legal literacy. It then documents the discussions on possibilities and limitations as experienced by PLD and its partner organisations in relation to specific issues and contexts.
This workshop report focuses on alternative legal processes through three-way collaborations between community groups, local lawyers and PLD. This report documents group discussions on case studies that surface the political economy of law and the creative strategies in law to challenge marginalization.
This resource book explores the role of law in regulating female sexuality, by contextualizing the rape law within the broader socio-cultural understanding of gender and caste as sites of power and privilege. Written in simple language, it is intended to make accessible a critical understanding of sexuality as a site of power, state control, and political struggle for those sections of activists and change agents who have little or no access to such resources on the law. This resource book is designed to complement PLD’s trainings, while also being a stand-alone reading for students and social workers alike. It may also be of interest to those curious about feminist critiques of sexuality and the law.
Partners for Law in Development in partnership with CEHAT and RCI-VAW, TISS organized a two day consultation to understand how policies and programmes relating to adolescents interact with each other to impact adolescents in self-arranged sexual relationships. 50 participants from 30 organizations working with adolescents across domains of health, education, sexuality and the law, came together to discuss the specificities of challenges and opportunities presented by laws and State programmes, and the approaches they adopt to navigate such challenges.
The four volumes are compilations of the rich, vibrant discussions from the Roundtable on Exploring the Continuum between Sexuality and Sexual Violence on April 28, 2015, representing each of the panels. ‘Critical Reflections‘ is our endeavour to share the nuanced perspectives that emerged from the roundtable with the larger movement, to initiate and sustain dialogue on protectionist frameworks arising from an exclusive focus on sexual violence, to the neglect of concerns of sexuality.
The resource book ‘Rights in Intimate Relationships’ seeks to understand rights in intimate relationships within a framework that recognizes rights for all women regardless of their sexuality, marital status, or legality of relationship. In proposing a framework based on ‘intimate relationships’ it moves beyond the boundaries of the exclusivist, marriage centric framework of conjugality in the law. The resource book examines customary and contemporary non normative intimacies in rural and urban India from a feminist perspective, relies upon constitutional, comparative and human rights law, to explore a transformatory rights agenda in respect of the family.
PLD has a number of posters that you can order. The issues our posters cover range from Rights in Intimate Relationships (Hindi and English) and Witch Hunting (Hindi and English) to Sexual Harassment at the Workplace – Implementing the Act, and Myths and Realities (Hindi, English,Gujarati, Telugu & Bangla), Mahilaon Ke Kanoon Par Ek Nazar.
For printable versions of these posters or to place a bulk order, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the end of every calender year, all the most relevant news items over the year are complied together into an Annual Newsletter Digest. Click on the links below to access the digests:
This trainers’ guide meets the longstanding demand of trainers and programmers working with and on CEDAW. Participants in successive training programmes conducted by PLD on developing capacities in implementing CEDAW have expressed the need for a document that provides
guidance on content and perspective, and also suggests tools and exercises for facilitating communication, learning, and the application of CEDAW. This document endeavours to meet these needs. Although the structure of this guide has been developed around a comprehensive training agenda on the Convention, it is not a step-by-step trainers’ manual. Rather, it is a guide that focuses on knowledge content and perspective, illustrations and examples, communication tools and application exercises, all of them meant to be adapted or borrowed selectively at the discretion of the user. It is designed to meet the varied needs of the users/trainers, and the diverse constituencies with which they work.
“I greatly appreciate the depth of knowledge that lies behind the newsletter. I like its approach and I trust its interpretation of events which provides a steer but is never too raucous. I always find the material interesting and relevant. I appreciate in particular the UN news and because of my interests the South Asian legal material. I would like to see ways in which the digest could be made available to a larger audience. It is a very valuable resource”
The PLD e-newsletter covers the following areas: