Nari Samata Manch
Established in 1982, Nari Samata Manch (NSM) seeks to take feminist perspective of violence against women to people. NSM seek to bring to attention and also highlight the fact that violence against the women is a tool used to subjugate women, both in public and private spheres of life historically and culturally. NSM has addressed various issues that are manifestations of the subordination of women. NSM analyses violence against women as social mechanism of male domination and subjugation of women that results in physical, sexual and psychological harm. Over the period we see forms of violence undergoing changes such as sexual abuse, child sex abuse, violence out of non-acceptance of 'friendship' or 'love' or sexual abuse at workplace. NSM has been working at micro as well as macro levels on this issue since 1983. NSM is independent of political parties but believes that empowering women is a political process and is in alliance with various class and caste struggles in Maharashtra. It believes in "women and men together of equality" and men always have participated actively in Nari Samata Manch(NSM).
Area Of Work:
Ms. Sadhana Dadhich
History of Involvement With Men
Some of the campaigns run by NSM particularly focuses and involve men’s group. The “safe travel at night campaign”, brought together railways and state transport authorities and unions of rickshaw drivers to fight violence against women at night. Similar alliance was sought with students group, state police and union of rickshaw drivers for the Ganesha festival in Pune. “PURUSH SAMWAD KENDRA” is an initiative by NSM which organises group discussion with men’s group on last Saturday of every month which seek to open up emotions and expressions concerning burdens of patriarchy.