Jyotsna Chatterji is the director of the Joint Women's Programme in New Delhi, India and Vice President of the YWCA of India. She is also the chairperson of Madhyam, Bangalore and of Initiatives: Women in Development, Madras. Chatterji serves as a member of many human rights groups in India and Asia, including: the Delhi State Social Welfare Advisory Board, the Core Group on Prevention of Child Prostitution (National Commission for Women), the Core Group National Commission on Human Rights, the Central Advisory Committee on Child Prostitution (Ministry of Human Resources), the State Committee Mahashtra, and the Governing Body of FORRAD. She was a professor of English Literature at the University of Calcutta until 1978, when she became the director of the Joint Women's Programme.
Chatterji has taken up several issues related to women, where there has been a denial of justice -- questions of property rights, equal pay for equal work, changes in personal laws, dowry-related questions and other atrocities on women, questions of bonded labor, especially where the girl children are involved, questions of prostitution and changes in SITA, questions of housing to be considered as a basic human right, the question of human rights, etc.
Several surveys and short studies have been conducted under her leadership both for information and for proper action at the grass-roots and other levels of society. Chatterji has introduced awareness and adult education programmes for women and men in slums and rural areas in which the issues related to women are the focus around which the programme is built. She has lobbied for changes in laws -- personal, criminal, and civil. At present the Joint Women's Programme, under Chatterji's guidance, has several Groups and Mahila Sanghas in 16 different states of India, where the problems and struggles of women are part of the total struggle of all oppressed sections. She has also enabled the formation of All India Dalit Women's Forum.
JWP (Joint Women's Programme) News.
Good News for Women.
Authority of the Religions and the Status of Women.
Status of Single Women.
Status of Rural Women.
Trafficking of Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation.
Changes in Christian Personal Laws, etc.
Partnership of Women and Men in Church and Society.
The campaigns that have been conducted under Chatterji's leadership are:
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