Affirmation and safeguard of the rights of both individual citizens and communities are fundamental to the process of development. AID works with socially and economically marginalized communities in their quest for justice and dignified living. Rights cannot be traded for material well being.
RTI ON WHEELS
Information is the currency of democracy. The Right to Information Act (RTI) passed in 2005 is a powerful tool for citizens to empower themselves and deepen democracy. RTI on wheels is a mobile multimedia resource center which travels across the country helping people use RTI effectively.
– Has traveled 600,000 kms in 6 years
– Has reached out to 80,000 people in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharastra, J&K, Goa
– Has answered 150,000 calls on RTI helpline
ERADICATING MANUAL SCAVENGING, KARNATAKA
There are about 1 million manual scavengers in India although Supreme Court banned manual scavenging in 2013. Thamate, our partner, raises awareness in the community about their rights.
– 150 manual scavengers learn skills for alternative livelihood
– Better education for 250 children to stand up for their rights against discrimination in school
– After a decade long struggle, 11,000 pourakarmika jobs have been regularized by the Karnataka State Government in 2017.
SUPPORTING HEALTH & SAFE SPACE FOR TRANS/GENDER VARIANT PEOPLE, WEST BENGAL
Transgender persons are among the most marginalized sections of society, prone to familial rejection, social discrimination, sexual violence, and lack of employment opportunities, which compels especially poorer trans/gender-variant people to take up sex work and Hijra professions and exposes them to high rates of sexually transmitted infections.
– AID works with Karna Subarna Welfare Society to have a safe space, crisis intervention, legal aid, sexual-health related support for over 200 people
– Advocacy and awareness done with various sections of the society & institutions