The All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) is a platform for women from Dalit communities in India to amplify our voices for justice.
We cultivate Dalit women activists, who are the leaders of a movement for Dalit self-respect and dignity.
Our work spans four major areas: survivor support, grassroots activism, leadership development and international advocacy.AIDMAM aims to have built a critical mass movement lead by Dalit Women Leaders; working to create community-based movements that have specific frameworks in place to effectively challenge,tackle, and solve caste-based violence and discrimination; and the culture of impunity.
Most of the survivors are living with extremely limited financial resources. Incidents of violence often put them in dire economic situations, where the threat of losing financial stability predetermines the families’ decision-making process.
The need for legal fees, travel costs and medical care is high. Our advocacy efforts are aimed at ensuring justice and compensation from the government while providing much-needed economic and psychological support services for families.
AIDMAM aims to mobilize communities towards larger structural change. For this, local efforts for advocacy supporting community concerns like access to land,education, water and housing, amongst others, is essential.
The strategy to embody an intersectional movement addressing the urgent needs of the people speaks to AIDMAM’s larger principle of understanding violence as a socio-economic and political structure. Dalit women leaders, including village leaders, are trained in skills such as budget tracking, organizational management, legal issues, mobilising communities, fighting caste atrocities and bringing it into media attention.
AIDMAM is laying the groundwork for systemic change by providing a learning space for Dalit women to acquire the necessary skills to bring long-term socio-political change.
Identifying, nurturing and training Dalit women leaders is a key component of our work.
In building these women leaders, we aim to impart skills that will help them annihilate caste, break patriarchy and put an end to state impunity.
The trainings include: human rights monitoring with focus on Dalit-specific legislation like the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act (SC/ST PoA Act), self-defense trainings, fact-finding investigations and legislative advocacy training.
Trainings are organized regularly to professionalize the writing, communications, and social media skills of the Dalit leaders.