Anti Discrimination Committee constituted of Anubhuti Trust to ensure democratic values in every process

Deepa Pawar
Posted September 28, 2018 from India
First Anti Dicrimination Committee Meeting
Advocate Darshan Ingole
Advocate Darshan Ingole: Training with Committee members on legal understanding of discrimination in India (1/2)

When I founded Anubhuti in early 2016, we took some time to work on our organisation's values. Values, I believe, are fundamental to ensuring how a group functions. They are guiding principles to how we approach a problem, how we make decisions, how we engage with the people we work with, how we bring about change, how and who leads, and they especially guide in case of conflict or confusion within the group. We put down our values to be of dignity, justice, equity, expression, accessibility and anti-discrimination. The last is actually an over-arching value which guides all our processes. These values are already existent in the Indian Constitution few of which have also been passed as laws in the workplace. At Anubhuti, we are committed to implementing these values and laws and put down the same in the form of written policies. Thus, the organisation's policies include those of Anti-discrimination, Anti-sexual harassment, Anti-corruption, Equal and appropriate wages and leaves, Health and security, Child protection and Environmental safety.

As an important step in ensuring the implementation of the same, we constituted the Anti Discrimination Committee of Anubhuti in February 2018. In accordance with our values, this committee by policy has representation of women, youth, trans* persons and men belonging to oppressed caste, minority ethnicity and religion, disabled identities and living in rural and urban deprived communities. 50% of the membership is reserved for women, and members from all our programs form majority of the Committee along with external members who are activists, elected councillors, etc. One to two members from Anubhuti make up the rest. The first meeting was held on February 25th this year. Members - especially external members who have many years of experience in the field - gave the feedback that this was a highly needed step and probably the first and only such committee of its kind in India. They have themselves faced or seen discrimination in the social development sector and most shared that while there has been lot of talk about taking concrete steps against this, organisations usually fail to follow through with concrete action.

This entire process has been very positive till now. Recently, in June 2018, the first training was organised on the topics of Gender, Caste and Religious Discriminations in India from a legal and theoretical perspective. The eminent activist Dr. Irfan Engineer of CSSS, Mumbai and Mumbai based criminal lawyer Advocate Darshan Ingole were invited as resource persons - they too appreciated the commitment shown by a young organisation like ours in having an independant body monitor its every process.

Anubhuti is surely committed - we feel that if our vision is for a just, democratic and equitable society - we must first ensure the same in our own organisation. There will be mistakes and we are ready to learn from them - a written policy and independant committee will ensure this.

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Jill Langhus
Sep 29, 2018
Sep 29, 2018

Hi Deepa,

Thanks for sharing your post, and more about what your organization does and what your principles and mission are. I'm very impressed with your guiding principles and foundation. I hope you are paving the way for many other organizations in your country to follow suit.

Hope you have a great day!

Deepa Pawar
Oct 01, 2018
Oct 01, 2018

Thank you so much for your constant encouraging words!

Jill Langhus
Oct 02, 2018
Oct 02, 2018

You're very welcome. I love hearing about the work you're doing....

Deepa Pawar
Jul 10
Jul 10

jill thanks dear for ur comment ... i share my organization social media and web link ..pls visit there and get more information ..twitter : @anubhutitrust
website anubhutitrust.org i am also in twitter @deepapawar6 / and on instragram deepa pawar and same on facebook

Jill Langhus
Jul 13
Jul 13

Hello dear:-)

You're welcome:-) Thanks for sharing. I'm following you now on FB and Twitter. I've also sent you a friend request, too, by the way.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Dawn Arteaga
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

Deepa, thank you for sharing this. I love that your first value is "dignity." That is such an important value to hold onto - and something that says so much about what your organization is bringing to the people you serve. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

Deepa Pawar
Oct 16, 2018
Oct 16, 2018

Yes, we believe the value of Dignity is a fundamental right that connects to all our other basic rights and needs of life, housing, food, health, education, safety.. Thank you and let us be connected!

Deepa Pawar
Jul 10
Jul 10

thanks for valuable comment

Kathy Dixon Crowley
Oct 09, 2018
Oct 09, 2018

Love that you state your vision and values! Keep sharing your work for the world!

Deepa Pawar
Oct 16, 2018
Oct 16, 2018

Yes vision and values are extremely important to ensure our work goes in right direction.. thank you

Deepa Pawar
Jul 10
Jul 10

yes ... thanks kathy

Lisbeth
May 19
May 19

Amazing values you got there. Dignity, justice, anti discrimination. All are value that defines a person and hence an organization. Thanks for sharing.

Deepa Pawar
Jul 10
Jul 10

thanks ..organization is also part of power system ..so i feel is needed

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