Through this project, Foundation for Social Transformation (FST) will work with Lalthanzami, a domestic violence survivor turned women's rights activist from Aizwal, Mizoram, India, to establish a resource center on women's rights within the safe home that she runs, train 10 women as leaders working to prevent and eradicate violence against women in her community, and expand the community outreach to provide services to survivors of violence against women and build awareness on women's rights.
While the widespread issue of violence against women in India has recently caught international attention, in northeast of India this issue is still not acknowledged as an urgent problem of the society. Rape, molestation, harassment and domestic violence are common in the region, but hardly get reported or acknowledged. Services for survivors of violence, be it legal or psychosocial counseling, safe homes, effective police action or medical care, are almost non-existent in most of the region.
Training of 10 women leaders on violence against women related issues would, to some extent, address the lack of advocates for women's rights and services for women survivors of violence in the state. This will also sustain and scale up Lalthanzami's work. Creation of a resource center within the safe home will provide a place for women to not only seek support when facing violence but also to learn, understand and discuss various issues surrounding women's rights and violence against women.
A resource center and more women leaders working for women's safety and security will facilitate increase in advocacy for support services for women survivors of violence. More consistent support will in turn encourage more women suffering from violence to retaliate and speak up. This will in the long term break the tolerant culture towards violence against women and reduce the same. More women leaders collaboratively working for women's rights will lead to equality for women in the future.