Misaal was founded on notions of justice, equality and pluralism. It seeks to strengthen civil society among poor minorities and other deprived groups in the poorest parts of India, to enable communities to access justice and rights, and to encourage inter-group dialogue and understanding.
Misaal is committed to a just, equal, democratic, and pluralistic India. It envisions a society where individuals and groups – however they define themselves – have an equal chance in life, as empowered citizens, and where they live, side by side, in peace and harmony, as members of the same national community. We aspire to empower minorities and other marginalized communities to overcome the significant barriers they face in obtaining justice and access to services.
We think this change can be brought about by youth activists from amongst marginalized communities assuming leadership roles, to mobilise people by organizing them into collectives, creating awareness and training them on rights and laws. Hence, empowering them to voice their demands, whilst building solidarities with similarly marginalized groups across the minorities, dalit and adivasi spectrum.
Misaal works with and supports:
- Grassroots activists working on access to entitlements, services and opportunities for the marginalised, and fostering inter-group dialogue.
- Regional and national platforms and alliances of the poor, for policy advocacy around participatory governance.
- Human Rights Defenders in South Asia, specifically those who are working on Freedom of Religion and Expression.
The change we hope to see is:
- Greater awareness, organization, and capacity among poorer minorities and other excluded groups, and activists, organization and alliances working with them
- Better access of the excluded groups to pro-poor laws, services, and programs.
- Promoting pro-poor, gender-friendly and progressive attitudes and practices within the community.
- Strengthened mixed-group mobilization and capacity, at local level, around pluralistic values, tolerance of diversity and minority rights.