DDS’s relentless pursuit of gender justice challenges the status quo, offering marginalized women a pathway to empowerment, dignity, and equality. Through transformative efforts, we have reshaped communities and fostered a society where every woman’s voice is heard and valued.
People’s Committee for Conflict Resolution – 1996:
DDS women have spearheaded a community-based legal service system to assist women facing family and community injustices. Experienced Sangham leaders form committees in each village, helping victims resolve conflicts, representing them in police stations, and providing support in paralegal proceedings. These committees offer hope and justice to vulnerable individuals within the community.
Sangham Festivals – 2003:
To rejuvenate Sangham consciousness and reinforce their shared ethos and principles, DDS organizes village-level festivals known as Sangham Panduga. These festivals facilitate a dialogue between DDS staff and Sangham members through exhibitions, films, songs, and folk theatre. The festivals serve as a platform for participatory monitoring and evaluation, helping Sanghams recall their achievements, ideals, and renew their energy.
Short Stay Home – 1997:
Ananda Nilayam, a short stay home established by DDS, used to provide shelter, food, counseling, and life skills training to women who are victims of male violence and injustice. This unique institution aimed to empower women and equip them with the confidence and independence to rebuild their lives.