The Maitri Network was set up in 2009 to give a voice to and address issues of Dalit, Adivasi and other vulnerable women who remain marginalised in the mainstream women’s movement in India
Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, and Jharkand.
Dalit and Adivasi women in particular suffer discrimination and violence due not only to their gender but also to their caste. Their low social and economic status within the caste system, the lack of political voice, and the fact of being Dalit/Adivasi and female, increase their susceptibility to violence, compared to non Dalit/non-Adivasi women, and reduces their ability to escape this cycle. These women most commonly face verbal abuse, physical and sexual assault, and domestic and caste-based violence.
The Maitri Network, through its member organisations, works to raise awareness about such issues and to empower these women to speak up against injustices committed against them, to claim their rights, seek justice and to campaign for positive and lasting change.
The Network engages with men as key stakeholders and partners for lasting change as well as with government bodies, the judiciary and local communities.
The Network currently covers the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, and Jharkand.
West Bengal & 4 other states