Taking note of the pervasiveness of Violence against Women (VAW), coupled with insensitive and prolonged investigations & trials, which only furthers the trauma faced by a sexual violence survivor; the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative conducted a needs assessment study in a bid to highlight the need for a coordinated and holistic emergency response to…

This documentary depicts the challenging process undertaken by Lawyers Collective in conjunction with other women’s rights organizations, towards coalition creation and consensus building on drafting and implementing the domestic violence law. It also reflects our engagement with other stakeholders to facilitate the legislative process. A central issue which this documentary highlights is the need for…

The Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (“LCWRI”)’s mission is the empowerment of women through law. This is based on the belief that law is an instrument of social change and can be used in different ways to further the constitutional and human rights of women. Since its inception in 1998, the LCWRI has been actively…

Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative had studied the amendments made in 2005 to the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 whereby the daughter was formally added as a coparcener. This report aimed to map the development in inheritance and property rights under the Hindu Succession Act, 1956. FULL REPORT HERE

The Lawyers Collective is a group of Lawyers with a mission to empower and change the status of marginalised groups through the effective use of law, and an engagement in human rights advocacy, legal aid and litigation. The Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (LCRWI) actively uses the law as a tool to address critical issues…

In July 2008, Indira Jaising was elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW, an expert body established in 1982, is composed of 23 experts on women’s issues from around the world.
The Committee’s mandate is very specific: it watches over the progress  made for women in those countries that are the…

Constitutional Background The Indian Constitution guarantees equality as ‘Fundamental Rights’ in Articles 14, 15 and 16 under Part III. Article 14 guarantees equality before law and the equal protection of laws. Article 15 prohibits discrimination ‘only’ on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, or any of them. Article 15 also allows…

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