Jagori was set up in 1984 with a vision to create a creative space for women to express their realities i.e. to articulate their experience of oppression, to know more about it and to find ways of fighting it. It engages in consciousness raising and awareness building on violence, health, education, development and other issues critical for women’s individual and collective empowerment; production and distribution of creative material on feminist issues; dissemination of information and knowledge on feminist concerns to meet the needs of women’s groups, NGOs and development organisations; and advocacy on women’s rights and gender equality. Jagori has been taking the challenge to take feminist consciousness to rural areas; making activism and theory come closer; and how to work creatively in order to reach out to women. Jagori also undertakes development of new communication tools such as feminist songs and feminist training – a collective learning experience based on women’s ways of learning. To enable marginalized and oppressed women in rural and urban areas with awareness and action for rights, Jagori undertakes training, documentation, grassroots action research, advocacy and campaigning in partnership with stakeholders including individual women and their partners, community members, civil society representatives, and other state/ institutional actors. Jagori has also been part of global campaigns such as the 16 days of activism on VAW, the Orange Day Campaign, The Anti-Street Sexual Harassment Week, and the One Billion Rising (OBR) Campaign.
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History of Involvement With Men
Jagori acknowledges the role of men and boys in it’s strive for an equitable gender relation in the society. As part of its awareness and consciousness building projects, men and boys are also an integral part of the target audience of such awareness programs. It gives training to men and boys providing them with the analytical tools and hands-on support to initiate positive action towards ending violence against women. In safe city initiative taken by Jagori, to prompt and to include men and boys in spreading awareness and ownership of responsibility is one of the key focus. As one of its new approach towards gender equality, Jagori has been working with men and boys in a community to redefine dominant masculinities as way to end violence against women and girls.