A campaign to empower women was launched today by Justice N.V. Ramana, judge Supreme Court of India and also the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). The joint initiative of NALSA and the National Commission for Women (NCW) was undertaken to commemorate India’s 74th Independence Day. Under the project, legal literacy programmes for women will be carried out in 285 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. In all 570 such awareness programmes will be held with the overarching objective of making women aware of the relevant rights and protections available under the various laws and to also enhance their capacities so that they are able to advance their rights and navigate the judicial and administrative set up for actualisation of their rights.
In his address, Justice Ramana said: “The source of inequity within our society often lies in lack of awareness and resources to take advantage of the laws.”