1. Dalit Human Rights monitoring: (Sub Headings: Fact Finding cases & Conviction)
SASY proactively engage in protecting and promoting the Rights of Dalits and Adivasis through national and international human rights standards and mechanisms in the 4 districts namely Cuddalore, Villupuram, Erode and Tirupur in the state of Tamil Nadu. SASY is known for its accurate fact-finding mission, legal intervention, gaining special public prosecutors under rule 4 (5) of SC/ST PoA Act and effective advocacy through media.
1. Fact Finding Cases:
3. Strengthening Local Government:
SASY is working with the elected representatives in the local government from the Dalit, Adivasi communities by addressing the problems faced by them especially caste, gender based discrimination and empowering them for good governance.
4. Child Rights Initiatives & Zero Discrimination Campaign in Educational Institutions:
SASY is addressing the discrimination and violence, and economic injustice faced by Dalits and Adivasis children and monitoring Incidences of Discriminations in Educational Institutions. SASY is also focusing on promoting Zero Discrimination Campaign in schools and taking up advocacy on State Level Campaign towards Zero Discrimination in Educational Institutions.
5. Dalit Women Leadership:
It is to strengthen the rights based activities towards access to Justice for women survivors of caste violence. It aims to build a movement lead by young 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.
SASY has promoted Dalit women leadership to access economic entitlements, equal participation in decision making and addressing violence against women by themselves. SASY has formed 120 self-help groups with 2157 members from the Dalit and Adivasis communities in Cuddalore district to exercise the right to participate and development. The SHG’s are mobilized into two women federations namely InanithaKaigal (Joint Hands) and PuthumaiPengal (Novel Women)
5. Humanitarian Response with Social Inclusion:
The Dalits are more vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters than others because of the social hierarchy and caste system in India. Therefore, caste discrimination and exclusion are default systems in India and these are strongly manifested during disasters. SASY has witnessed social exclusion and discrimination of Dalits and Adivasis in the relief camps during humanitarian response and rehabilitation when Tsunami struck Tamil Nadu in 2004. These have continued with the same intensity during subsequent disasters in Tamil Nadu.
SASY has been effectively engaging in Disaster Response to ensure Social Inclusion of Dalit and Adivasi communities in Disaster Risk Reduction Management since Tsunami 2004 and continuing the interventions in Thane cyclone 2011, Tamil Nadu Floods 2015, Vardah Cyclone 2016, Ockhi Cyclone 2017, Cuddalore Floods 2018, Gaja Cyclone 2018 and is involved in Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstructive activities with CHS (Core Humanitarian Standards).
SASY had provided more than 10,000 relief packages to the survivors of disasters and had built 742 Permanent Shelters and through the continuous engagement with Tamil Nadu Government SASY had built 25 Permanent Shelters in Thitukattur Village. SASY had built 36 Permanent Shelters in for Single Women.
6. Livelihood Promotions among Dalit Women:
Self-help groups are the instruments for empowering women, developing leadership abilities among the poor women and improving their lives with sustainable income through their savings.
SASY has formed 120 self-help groups with 2157 members from the Dalit and Adivasis communities in Cuddalore district to exercise the right to participate and development. The SHG’s are mobilized into two women federations namely InanithaKaigal (Joint Hands) and PuthumaiPengal (Novel Women)
SASY innovated a self-help reliance model to the rural poor Dalit women for helping each other in resolving domestic violence faced by women in the hands of husband, family members and enabling their livelihood opportunity through small and medium size ventures including vegetable vending, milk vending, fruits vending, livestock, petty shops and etc. The women were capacitated on savings, access to credit facilities from the national banks, marketing, and skill based trainings and leadership. It has enormously contributed to achieve their social equality, dignity and improving their standard of living.