One Future Collective is a feminist youth-led non-profit that is harnessing the power of compassionate youth social leadership to undertake an actionable change in their micro-communities. They work towards creating sustainable large scale societal transformation in order to build an inclusive and just world.
About the FemJustice Legal Aid Helpline
The FemJustice Legal Aid Helpline is a part of One Future Collective’s FemJustice Legal Centre, space where the process of seeking justice can be a transformative tool to combat gender-based crimes, while also recognising the survivor clients agency, live reality and desires for justice. The Centre works to improve existing legal systems and create new alternative pathways so that survivors can access justice that is healing and empowering.
FemJustice Legal Aid Clinic Helpline is a place where anyone across India that has suffered gender-based violence can access preliminary legal advice by calling +919019548792.
The helpline is open 12 pm-4 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
Anyone with a query on cases of gender-based violence – including domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment, acid attacks, other grievous injuries, forced marriages, online violence, rape – can call the helpline for preliminary legal advice.
There are no other restrictions on who can call.
At the helpline, we think about how we can alter the ways in which we engage with and support survivors of gender-based violence in making the legal process a transformative and healing journey, rather than one of re-traumatisation. All of our volunteers are trained in feminist lawyering tools as well as taking a trauma-informed approach. Through this helpline, we are seeking to address the lack of legal aid, support and advice that women and other marginalised individuals have when it comes to seeking justice from gender-based violence.
About the Role
As a volunteer with the Feminist Justice Legal Center, you will work closely with a Senior Program Officer along with other senior members of the One Future Collective team.
Based on your skills and expertise you will be assigned to a sub-team where your primary tasks will include:
Answering telephone calls for the helpline and collecting case notes and verbal evidence;
Providing advice to survivors of gender-based violence by taking them through the legal process and their options going forward;
Conducting research on the applicable laws and procedure to be followed and available remedies in the context of the facts of the case;
Organising referrals as required; and
Following up with cases and updating the team about the progress of the case.
You must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Completed at least the first year of study or graduated from a university programme in a related field such as politics, law, psychology or international development.
Very strong research skills;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Strong critical thinking and analytical skills;
Attention to detail;
Able to work from a gender-sensitive lens; and
Experience working and/or volunteering at non-for-profits or start-ups would be preferable.
The role will begin as soon as possible. Once you have applied, you will go through an interview process. If selected, there will be pre-reading and study as well as a set 2-day training you must complete before being able to volunteer.
Preference will be given if you are based in Bangalore or Mumbai and you will be expected to come into the office two days a week from April onwards, ideally Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays for a designated number of hours.
This position is for an initial period of 3 months, with a minimum time commitment of 6 hours a week, with the possibility of extension. Adequate training required by the Center will be provided at the start of the internship.
This is an unpaid position but we will cover all costs that you may have to undertake in the process of undertaking this role, including but not limited to: travel, and cyber cafe charges.
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