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Welcome to Majlis!

A team of women lawyers, social workers, academicians and activists who work for the protection and promotion of women and children’s rights through legal representation, advocacy and training.  
Majlis’ Rahat offers legal and social support to women and children victims of sexual and domestic violence. 
Majlis’ Flavia Agnes Centre for Learning is a multi-disciplinary hub for advancing knowledge, promoting research and fostering discourse on the intersection of gender, law and society.

Our Work

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Majlis’ Rahat offers legal and social support to women and children victims of sexual and domestic violence across caste, class and religion. We ensure that the dignity and best interest of the victim is upheld throughout the legal process

Legal Support includes making them aware of their rights and helping them negotiate the daunting justice system during investigation and trial.
•⁠ ⁠Domestic Violence: Our team of lawyers provide quality legal advice and legal representation in cases of domestic violence, maintenance, child custody, divorce etc across Magistrate, Sessions and Family Courts in Mumbai and Thane.
•⁠ ⁠Sexual Violence: We provide continuous support from registration of the case, throughout the investigation and trial and beyond. We liaison with state stakeholders including the Police, Medical Officers, CWC, Prosecutor, Judge and Women and Department of Child Development.
Social Support: We help victims access support services to rehabilitate their lives.
•⁠ ⁠Access to medical, shelter, ration, education, documents, schemes and more.
•⁠ ⁠Trauma counselling to ensure therapeutic healing. 
•⁠ ⁠Saksham handholds victims towards financial independence by providing career guidance, up-skilling, jobs and more.

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Majlis’ Flavia Agnes Centre for Learning is a multi-disciplinary dynamic hub for advancing knowledge, promoting research and fostering discourse on the intersection of gender, law and society. The centre uses the legal and social strategies and learning of Majlis to institutionalise it into law, policy and practice. It aims to empower and build deep understanding of stakeholders (state and civil society) through pedagogy and engage with empirical research and advocacy to ensure practical and nuanced policy decisions.

Some of the activities of the centre are:
Curriculum Development: Designing short term certificate courses on laws related to women+ and children. Developing interactive, case studies, videos, pre and post reads. Designing public awareness campaigns.
Research and Publications: Action research, case law research, scholarly articles, policy papers, and reports to contribute to academic discourse and influence policy decisions.
Training and Capacity Building: Workshops, seminars, training programs, certificate courses for state stakeholders including legal professionals, law enforcement, and judicial officers to enhance their understanding of gender-sensitive legal practices and their roles and responsibilities. Conducting certificate courses for civil society stakeholders including women+ and children in the community,  social workers, para legal volunteers, teachers, corporates etc. about laws and how to access their rights.
Organise outreach programs to engage with local communities and raise awareness about gender rights and legal provisions.
Collaborations: Partnerships with NGOs, CBOs, grassroots movements, law schools, universities, and research institutions to create a network for shared resources and collaborative projects.
Policy Advocacy: Advocate for gender-inclusive legal reforms through policy recommendations and influence public opinion for progressive legal changes.
Library and Resource Center: A specialised library on gender and law, creating a valuable resource for students, researchers, and practitioners.
Internship and Exchange Programs: For students and professionals to gain practical experience.

Where It All Started

Majlis’ co-founder Flavia Agnes, a victim of domestic violence herself, walked out of an abusive marriage at a time where it was inconceivable to do so – with three children, no education and no family support. Flavia was part of the early autonomous women’s movement. She initially started ‘Women’s Centre’, a space for women and children facing violence to support each other. Her disappointment with the response of the legal system in accessing justice in her own case encouraged her to get a degree in law and start Majlis in 1991.  

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Support Our Cause

Majlis  is registered as a Society and Public Trust. All donations to Majlis are eligible for 80G tax exemptions. We are also registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) which enables us to receive foreign donations. We are listed on GiveIndia, India’s largest and most trustworthy online donation platform. Majlis has been awarded the GuideStar India Gold Certification that validates NGOs based on their legal and financial compliance, as well as transparency and public disclosure. We also have a CSR Registration. For Indian Donations, scan to donate. For Foreign Donations Account No 40109011081 IFSC Code SBIN000069

What they say about us

I think of Flavia, and what it must have taken to take that first step, file that first appeal in court, fill that first form to complete her BA, appear for the first time in Court as a lawyer, and document her life baring her soul so that women and men read, comprehend and act. Naghma Mulla, CEO, EdelGive Foundation https://naghma.scrollstack.com/post/10921/North-Stars-ft-Flavia-Agnes

Naghma Mulla

CEO, EdelGive Foundation

Thank you for staying in touch with me until my issue was completely resolved

A victim thanking Majlis’ Advocate for her support

The support provided by Majlis team is more than a family support to me

A victim thanking a member of our social support team

If it wasn’t for Majlis, I couldn’t have taken this step. Your presence calms me down

A victim of domestic violence.

Last 2 hours with us has changed our life

A victim thanking our social support team

Thank you for your legal support over the past year. It has greatly benefitted me and my daughter.

A victim thanking Majlis’ Advocate for her support

I am glad that Majlis is not only helping us in our case but also supporting during our difficult times by checking on us.

A victim thanking Majlis Advocate for her constant support during lockdown.

The support provided to me and my family during lockdown, I will never forget. Thank you. 

A victim thanking Majlis Advocate for her constant support during lockdown.

Grateful for your online guidance in this difficult times that you were available for my every call to listen

A victim of domestic violence.

The online sessions conducted during lockdown have been very interesting. Even my children enjoyed them. Please conduct more such sessions. 

A victim of domestic violence.

Thank you for conducting such an interesting competition for our children. It was very helpful during lockdown. My children are very excited. 

A victim of domestic violence.

Thank you for responding to my calls during lockdown, for providing ration for my family and milk for my children. I know that my case is in safe hands. 

A victim of domestic violence.

The online training sessions were really beneficial to me because as a social workers I was confused during the lockdown for further steps in Domestic Violence, but now I am very clear.

Social worker who attended our online training.

The online training was very useful and the case studies were helpful and interactive. Learnt a lot. Thanks to Majlis team. 

Social worker who attended our online training.

Gained a lot of knowledge for the session. The practical knowledge will be valuable. Truly appreciate your efforts in making all sessions interesting. A learning experience. . 

NGO field worker who attended our online training.

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