Misaal is committed to a just, equal, democratic, and pluralistic India. Our ethos is the creation of 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 poor minorities and other marginalized communities to overcome the significant barriers they face to obtain justice, access services, make use of opportunities for living gainful lives, and better join the national mainstream – in other words become empowered citizens!
1). 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, to empower them to voice their demands, whilst building solidarities with similarly marginalized groups across the minority, dalit and adivasi spectrum.
2). Misaal network supporting and hand-holding the activists to enable change, through
- Advocacy with state actors, for realization of rights; leveraging pro-poor laws and tools (such as Right to Information, Public Interest Litigation..), and other forms of public action.
- Engaging with wider civil society (other NGOs, media and pro-poor networks) to advance the poors’ rights and claims over justice.
- Engaging with markets, to identify and access potential opportunities for improved livelihoods choices for the poor, through micro-lending/finance
Influence the range of stakeholders – state and non-state – to be able to create opportunities and open up spaces to enable the change, is our other objective.