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Organizations/Companies can choose to support one or a combination of the following initiatives:
- Women’s Empowerment: Trafficking, violence against women including domestic violence, sexual assaults, sexual harassment, witch hunting, legal aid for victims of acid attacks, etc.
- Child Empowerment: Sexual abuse, trafficking, violence against children, children in jails, child labour etc.
- The Right to Education: Although the central government has enacted The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, recent government data indicate that 34.5 million children are out of school, there is a shortfall of 1 million trained teachers, lakhs of schools are required to be constructed, the provision for 25% of children in private schools to be taken from the poor has not been implemented, the provision for separate toilets for boys and girls has not been implemented, and generally the implementation of the law is in very poor shape. Through individual cases and PILs, some High Courts have intervened to correct the system and a PIL is shortly to be filed in the Supreme Court of India.
- Prisoners’ Empowerment: Release of under trials and convict prisoners with special emphasis on indigent prisoners, Muslims, scheduled castes and tribes, disabled persons, women, the old and the ill, campaign for radical prison reform.
- The Right to Food: Using the legal system to enforce the Food Security Act, 2013 to obtain ration cards and subsidised grains for the poor, maternity benefits and supplementary nutrition for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children in the age group 6 months to 6 years; the mid-day meals in schools, the proper functioning of the Anganwadis etc.
- Disability Empowerment: Litigation in favour of and training of disabled persons on access, reservation in employment and education, combating violence against disabled persons, disability and education with special emphasis on disabled women and children.
- Reproductive Rights: On this issue the law is used combat maternal and child mortality by ensuring that nutritional rights are met, the public health system is forced to meet the Indian Public Health System Standards in terms of blood banks, emergency obstetric care and that the staff required is recruited and in place. This initiative also uses the law to combat child marriages. Abortion rights have been expanded enormously through Supreme Court decisions that have recognised foetal abnormality as a ground for abortions. For further details see www.reproductiverights.hrln.org
- SC/ST Empowerment: Combating, through the use of the law, violence and discrimination against SC/ST and campaigns against atrocities and instances of untouchability with special emphasis on SC/ST, women and children.
- Bonded and Unorganised Labour: This legal initiative covers domestic workers, construction labour, agricultural labour, bonded labour, labour trafficking, etc.
- Homelessness and Housing Rights: Litigating against the demolition of slums and the eviction of the urban poor, the campaign for housing rights, working towards new policies for housing the urban poor with dignity.
- The Right to Public Healthcare: Using the legal system to impose a ceiling on drug prices, to increase the budget for healthcare from 1% to 3%, to eliminate all dangerous drugs, to enforce ethical norms in the healthcare sector to combat the rank commercialisation and exploitation of the poor in the healthcare system, to strengthen public healthcare etc.
- Environment Rights: To use the legal system and particularly the National Green Tribunal to protect the destruction of the environment with particular emphasis on poor communities. Pollution of rivers, cutting of trees, commercial exploitation of forest areas, noise pollution, air pollution are some of the issues taken up in the courts.
- Rights of People living with HIV/AIDS: Legal aid against violence and discrimination, non-providing of anti-retrovirals and antibiotics, discrimination in employment and education resulting in termination of services and removal from schools, non-availability of treatment kits and other services and benefits in respect of health and travel, etc.
- Refugee Empowerment: Since the Indian Constitution protects the lives of Indians as well as foreigners this initiative focuses on using the law to ensure that violence and discrimination against refugees is stopped. The law is used to prevent forcible deportation and generally to ensure that those who flee persecution live a life of dignity.
- Tribal Empowerment: To combat violence against tribals, particularly women to combat the high levels of malnutrition prevailing in tribals and remote areas etc.
- Sexual minorities and transgender rights: To combat homophobia and structural violence against the LGBTQAI community and use the law to avail equal rights and opportunities for the LGBTQAI persons in the country.
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