A case of sexual harassment in a Chennai educational institution motivated Sarah Matthew to establish FASA, as the Feminist Association for Social Action is better-known.
FASA is primarily an advocacy organisation. In its early years, FASA was active in mobilising public opinion on the issue of sexual harassment and initiating efforts to bring about transformation in legal provisions on domestic violence.
FASA continues to organise workshops to educate women on their legal options, especially in cases of domestic violence and sexual harassment. They offer advice on how to access information and take legal recourse.
In addition, FASA provides vocational training to rural women to help them augment their incomes. FASA also reaches out to young women in rural areas through the ‘Selvi’ project for personality development.
On the occasion of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 2009, The Prajnya Trust takes great pride in recognising FASA’s work for social justice and women’s human rights.
November 27, 2009