Despite the longstanding and vigorous women's movement, patriarchy remains deeply entrenched in India, influencing the structure of its political and social institutions and determining the opportunities open to women and men. These attitudes also prevail in the development sector, among NGOs and community based organisations. To ensure that women are equal partners in the family, community and local institutions a change in attitudes, skill and practice is necessary. Such change, and along with information is crucial for women to be able to demand rights, and ensure that their voices are heard.
Tathapi works with the staff and governing boards of organisations to build capacity and structures to bring women’s voices to the centre stage of decision making within organisations, communities they work with and at the Panchayat levels.
Collective strength also ensures a better chance at preventing violence against women.
Tathapi also responded to the need expressed by women to ‘work with men’, piloting interventions for individual change in attitudes and skills, community recognition of violence against women as a crime. Working with youth, men and women, to change practices of child marriage and dowry met with good results.