Jan Sahas is supporting a network and alliance of 220 CBOs developed during a previous AmplifyChange grant. Through this project, Jan Sahas is further strengthening the network to advance collective work for the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). They also provide direct support to survivors of SGBV through outreach, a hotline, and one-stop centres.
The first six months of the project focused on a baseline study conducted to understand the knowledge and behaviours of the survivors they are working with to develop appropriate support interventions. Jan Sahas also trained and empowered survivors to be barefoot lawyers and advocates in their communities. They have created a joint action plan with a range of departments and authorities on the prevention of SGBV, supporting survivors, rehabilitation of survivors, and capacity building for government departments. Jan Sahas and its partners have also created a SGBV case monitoring tool which has been impactful during COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.
In the past two years, Jan Sahas is capacitating smaller grassroots organisations through institutional strengthening and organisational development so that they are better able to respond to the needs of marginalised women and girls.