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  • Navsarjan is a grassroots Dalit organization dedicated to ensuring human rights for all
    celebrate struggle for equality Navsarjan has joined with other NGOs committed to social justice and human rights to organize the Shobhayatra March for Equality The Shobhayatra will take place in Ahmedabad on April 13 2013 the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar who was responsible for the principle of equality in the Indian Constitution Consistent with Dr Ambedkar s beliefs the Shobhayatra will focus on principles of equality for Dalits for women for the poor and for all marginalized communities Times Social Impact Awards conferred to Navsarjan Trust On January 28 2013 Navsarjan was honored with a Times of India Social Impact Award for our pioneering work on behalf of the legal rights of the Dalits and other marginalized communities in Gujarat These highly competitive awards are bestowed upon change makers within NGOs corporations and government who have quietly worked to transform the lives of millions of marginalized Indians Navsarjan s Executive Director Manjula Pradeep accepted the award President Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest at the awards function Each award recipient selected a beneficiary of their NGO to present the award to them In the case of Navsarjan Baluben Makwana a village woman from the Dalit community who has fought alongside Ms Pradeep for land rights for the Dalit women in her village was the award presenter It was Ms Baluben s first trip by air a rare event for someone from a poor Dalit community This is the second year that the awards have been presented Navsarjan was chosen from over 1500 entries by a panel of distinguished individuals The awards covered five categories livelihoods advocacy and empowerment education health and the environment Navsarjan was recognized in the advocacy and empowerment category We are very proud to receive this award which honors not just Navsarjan but all

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  • Links — Welcome to Navsarjan
    Our Staff Dalits Who are Dalits What is Untouchability Atrocities and Interventions The Dalit Movement Today Document Actions Links Links to the websites of some of Navsarjan s partners Indian Institute of Dalit Studies National Center for Advocacy Studies Dalit Foundation Janvikas National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights International Dalit Solidarity Network Drishti Media Video Volunteers MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice Asian Human Rights Commission African American Policy

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  • Grants — Welcome to Navsarjan
    Dalits What is Untouchability Atrocities and Interventions The Dalit Movement Today Document Actions Grants Navsarjan s grants come from a variety of donor agencies from around the world These include in no particular order Misereor Christian Aid Unitarian Universalist Association

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  • Awards & Honours — Welcome to Navsarjan
    Atrocities and Interventions The Dalit Movement Today Document Actions Awards Honours Awards Honours granted to people associated with Navsarjan Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award 2000 Martin Macwan Human Rights Watch Outstanding Human Rights Defender 2000 Martin Macwan Gleitsman Foundation International Activist of the Year 2001 Martin Macwan Bharatiya Sahitya Academy Award District Level 2005 Dinesh Solanki Bharatiya Sahitya Academy Award State Level 2009 Kirit Rathod Women PeaceMaker Award by

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  • Join the Dalit Movement — Welcome to Navsarjan
    from Navsarjan making them self reliant and therefore more sustainable Navsarjan s fieldworkers and campaign teams however must maintain a constant presense on the ground to monitor and support these organizations provide them with leadership and awareness training and assist them in challenging the authorities Please become a member of the Dalit movement and partner with us in our struggle against injustice Your contribution will help Navsarjan reach more people

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  • Contact us — Welcome to Navsarjan
    Dalits What is Untouchability Atrocities and Interventions The Dalit Movement Today Document Actions Contact us Our Office address is as below Head Office 2 Ruchit Apartments Behind Dharnidhar Derasar Opp Gurushikhar society Vasna Ahmedabad 380007 Gujarat India Phone and Fax

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  • About us — Welcome to Navsarjan
    and to ensure the rule of law Navsarjan is the largest Dalit organization in Gujarat and one of the most effective in India It is active in more than 3 000 villages as well as in the cities A field staff of about 80 men and women most of whom come from the communities in which they work keep Navsarjan in tune with the needs of people on the ground Navsarjan now maintains the following programs and campaigns Human Rights Value Education Women s Rights Eradication of Manual Scavenging Minimum Wage Implementation Land Rights Center for Dalit Human Rights Digitization of Data Dalit Shakti Kendra Community Video Unit Local Governance and Political Rights Youth Awareness and Motivation Continuous evaluation and reevaluation is done to adjust program specifics making them as successful as possible Part of the core of Navsarjan s work is to establish an independent consciousness within the people so that they can fight oppression and inequality without Navsarjan s help To that end the field staff organizes thousands of meetings and training programs Women s rights groups land rights groups youth groups village paralegals agricultural workers groups and many more are organized and trained to exist independently of

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  • Navsarjan's History — Welcome to Navsarjan
    s colleagues were gunned down on the spot eighteen others were badly wounded and many houses were set on fire Thirteen long years of legal battle ensued finally resulting in the life imprisonment of ten of the murderers Though the loss of the community leaders was unbearable the knowledge gained during this phase in securing social and legal justice was immense It reinforced our resolve to pursue the struggle strengthen the movement and helped define all future programs including the establishment of Navsarjan Three basic lessons were learned from Golana and serve as today s guiding principles 1 Violence against Dalits is a systemic phenomenon It can only be countered through a broad based organization and movement 2 The most crucial requirement in the movement is its leadership which must be stable as well as sensitive to its communities Such leadership best arises when it grows from the community itself 3 The war is more psychological than physical There is therefore a need for mass awareness programs on a continued basis along with action oriented programs Navsarjan Today Navsarjan is now solidly established in Gujarat has built upon its foundation of fieldwork and plays an active part in the overall Dalit movement in India and abroad It is recognized as being one of the most successful and groundbreaking Dalit organizations in India Navsarjan works to help Dalits and other persecuted communities to escape the net of ideological deceptions through which the system has oppressed them for centuries and millennia Promoting self respect and dignity in all of its activities Navsarjan now dedicates itself to a variety of programs As both an organisation and a Movement Navsarjan s programs can hardly be distinguished from its other daily activities Many of the programs have been carried out since the inception of the organization and will be pursued for many years to come They may however be improved or altered according to reviews Navsarjan promotes the use of non violent action to protest the Dalit situation Navsarjan provides services to both Dalits and non Dalits Navsarjan s Founder Martin Macwan Martin Macwan is the 2nd born child of a poor Dalit family of 11 children from Nadiad Gujarat He worked as a child laborer for years financing his education with hours of work in the fields After graduating from Gujarat University in 1980 with a degree in psychology and two years later adding a law degree from S P University Martin joined the Behavioural Science Center BSC in Ahmedabad With the BSC he served as a lecturer and worked in the field with Dalits and other exploited peoples including the Marijanas a refugee tribe from Pakistan settled in the northern District of Banaskantha Gujarat and tribals from Bharuch District in South Gujarat The BSC attempted to address the problems of economic and social exploitation of the Dalits raising awareness among their communities The tragic murders at Golana in 1986 had a profound effect upon Martin Over the bodies of his murdered colleagues Martin

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