WPC in 2011 completed a Counterpart International, USAID and IFES funded project, titled, Advocacy for Effective Implementation of Women-Friendly Legislation in India, which was carried out in 20 states and focused on the effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act, PWDV Act, PCM Act and recognizing Gender Based Violence as a Health Issue. This project saw several important results, as highlighted below:
- WPC partners met with 8 National and 69 State elected officials or Ministers (a total of 77 policy makers in all), to advocate for improved implementation of the three Acts of concern.
- State-specific advocacy documents were prepared by WPC partners, delineating the implementation status of the 3 Acts in their respective state. These documents included information on the situation at the ground level, qualitative and quantitative data (such as number of Protection Officers etc.) and recommendations on how to better enforce the Acts.
- Two advocacy trainings, 17 Interactive/State level meetings, 4 regional level meetings and 1 National level meeting were conducted by WPC during the 1 year project period. A total of over 1,150 people participated in the meetings. The primary focus of these meetings was on advocacy training for partner organizations, highlighting the implementation status of the PCPNDT Act, PWDV Act and PCM Act within the particular states or regions by the participants, identifying policy makers to advocate with, developing advocacy strategies and highlighting the way forward. Additionally, the meetings served as an interface between the civil society and government representatives in an effort to ensure that policy makers understand the civil society’s demands with regards to violence against women.
- WPC and its partners used their vast experience in campaigning to carry out a range of campaigns (such as, signature campaigns, online campaigns, street plays, rallies, demonstrations etc.) across the 20 states on effective implementation of the three Acts and on recognizing Gender Based Violence as a health issue.