In 1979, a group of students and teachers founded Pennurimai Iyakkam as a movement to help underprivileged women secure justice. Today, it is one of Chennai’s best-known women’s groups and at the forefront of the fight for women’s rights with a membership base in thousands.
Counseling and dialogue, agitation and legal remedies are Pennurimai Iyakkam’s three-phase strategy for empowering women. The organisation strives to bring about social change by fighting for women’s rights; conducting campaigns and demonstrations to protest against discrimination/ violence against women; providing counseling facilities for oppressed women; and facilitating access to legal recourse.
A key component of its struggle for women’s rights includes efforts to secure basic rights and services for women living in slums such as housing, water and health.
On the occasion of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 2009, The Prajnya Trust takes great pride in recognising Pennurimai Iyakkam’s work for social justice and women’s human rights.
November 27, 2009