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The Nari Adalat Toolkit

The Nari Adalat Toolkit

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In 2011, BPF created a toolkit on Nari Adalat or women’s courts for Mahila Samakhya, Gujarat. This toolkit gives the context, perspective and non-negotiables for the setting up and functioning of the Nari Adalat.
In 2011, BPF created a toolkit on Nari Adalat or women’s courts for Mahila Samakhya, Gujarat. This toolkit gives the context, perspective and non-negotiables for the setting up and functioning of the Nari Adalat.

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Published by: Best Practices Foundation on Jun 22, 2012
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MahilaSamakhyaGujarat
 
THE
 
NARI ADALAT
Gender justice of the women,for the women, by the women
 
Acknowledgment
We would like to express our deep sense of gratitude to Dr.Sunita RamaniklalKalaria and to Vaishali Vijaykumar Mayavanshi for anchoring the entire process of developing this extremely important document which could helpreplicate this powerful innovation for delivering gender justice to women.The contribution and participation of the entire staff of Mahila SamakhyaGujarat, made this toolkit possible. We wish to express our thanks to TruptiSheth for making this process possible. Our special thanks to all the districtteams for their exhaustive and painstaking work that has created a toolkit thatcan now replicate the Nari Adalat innovation in Gujarat, nationally andglobally making this initiative accessible for women who really need it. Wewould like to specially mention the district teams of Rajkot and Vadodara for hosting us and for providing all the information we requested, well in advance.We would also like to thank Government of India, National Project Office andthe State Office of Mahila Samakhya, and DFID for supporting this effort.We would also like to thank the women who spent their time, sharing their lifeexperiences with our team. We would like to acknowledge Bela Vaghela andHetal Chauhan for their commitment in translating the toolkit. We would liketo thank Falguni Kanubhai Gurjar , for meticulously coordinating the logisticsfor the team. We would also like to thank Mr. Gujjarappa for making thistoolkit livelier through his illustrations. Our thanks to Sudha Menon for facilitating the process and Manab Sen for his inputs. Special thanks to SudhaMenon for providing the artistic lay out. Finally, I would like to express myheartfelt thanks to the Best Practices Foundation team, Rony CJ, Subhodip Dasfor their work on the toolkit, and Preethi Krishnan for the editing the toolkit.Dr. Sangeetha Purushothaman
Director, Best Practices Foundation
 
Why the toolkit on Nari Adalat?
This toolkit takes you through the” why” and” how” of settingup the Nari Adalat or Women's Court, by Mahila Samakhya, a program for the empowerment of poor rural women. It has beendeveloped by the MS Gujarat team, based on the experiences of MS Gujarat which was the first of the Mahila Samakhya statesto start the Nari Adalats. Other MS states have set up NariAdalats since. The toolkit gives the context, perspective, non-negotiables as well as the step- by- step processes for settingup and functioning of the Nari Adalat. It also includes a sectionon the challenges that have come up during the functioning of the Nari Adalat.The toolkit serves the following purposes:To document and showcase the MS experiencesfor use in new areas of the MS programfor use by other programs working on women's empowermentand gender justiceRelated documents include a case study of the Nari Adalat, MSdocuments and reports for an in depth understanding of the programme.
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