SMSforJustice Platform Update

In 2016, ICAAD and partner Delhi NGO Nazdeek launched SMSforJustice, a project that uses an innovative fusion of legal training, mobile technology and community monitoring to build a Dalit women led network of paralegals who possess the skills to document rights violations and use existing grievance mechanisms to demand accountability for the delivery of basic services.

Despite strong legal protections, people living in slums in and around India’s capital city are routinely denied their fundamental rights to health, food, sanitation and housing. Marginalized groups, such as Dalit communities and women, face overwhelming barriers in accessing basic services and benefits from the Government. Lack of access is due to poor infrastructure, insufficient resource allocation and discrimination on the basis of caste and gender. Dalit women are doubly marginalized and often live in precarious conditions. Read the Report SMS for Justice: Women Demand Access to Vital Services in Delhi

ICAAD has been providing a similar data collection platform and program development support to Nazdeek since 2014 with the project, and is doing the same for Hakijamii, a Kenyan NGO.

Significant changes are needed to further develop the SMSforJustice platform, and we are grateful for any support you can give!

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