One of the important reasons to celebrate Human Rights Day at AWAG is to advocate and reaffirm its purpose on the importance of ‘equal rights’. This year too, on 10th December 2016, the organization commemorated the day by participating in an event at Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad in collaboration with other local organizations including Movement of Secular Democracy (MSD) and Peoples Union for Civil Society (PUCL). Among other speakers, Ms Sara Baldiwala (Trustee AWAG) presented her views on the effects of the recent move of Demonetization on women.
On invitation by Doordarshan, Ms. Sara Baldiwala participated in a Television programme named 'Hello Sakhi'. The programme that featured a live discussion on Violence inflicted on Women in Gujarat, was held on 15th December 2016 and was aired live on DD-Girnar.
16th December 2016 being Nirbhaya day AWAG, All India M.S.S and other local, women organizations had organized a public meeting at Ahmedabad as a tribute to Nibhaya. The public meeting had a number of speakers along with skits, songs, poems and other presentations. Alongside, a number of important demands to protect women were also voiced aloud.
Ms Farida Masavvawala from AWAG participated in a state-level seminar on 'Important Provisions related to Lokpal & Lokayukt, IT, Trust Act & FCRA' that was organized by Janpath Network at Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad on 19th December 2016. The seminar that was graced by eminent Chartered Accountant Shri Chandravadhan Shah as well as other speakers, threw light on the important aspects and regulations related to the said topic.
Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) hosted a final event of the collaborative project with the Tata Trusts on ‘Educational, Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in India’. With AWAG being one of the contributors in the said project, Dr. Jharna Pathak (Trustee AWAG) represented the organization as one of the panellists at the event held on 22nd December 2016 at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.
AWAG participated in a meeting of local NGOs that was organized on 29th December 2016 by JANPATH NETWORK to register a protest against the government's decision to cancel FCRA licences of organizations who are working to uplift the marginalized communities.A letter condemning the government's move was drafted and addressed to the Home Ministry.