|SAFP’s core strengths lie in its research, advocacy and networking skills. SAFP recognizes that effective reform comes about as part of a two-way process, both from the bottom-up, as well as top-down. Firstly, grassroots initiatives should promote local ownership and decision-making. This should create the climate for policy changes at the state, national and international level. However, at the same time, it is also necessary to engage with international institutions and civil society to promote inclusion of gender resource gaps to address planning to alter gender relations at all levels in our social and governance systems.
SAFP work began with the advocacy to include programmatic interventions in favour of women’s livelihood and land rights in the Beijing+10 review process. This brought together five networks and 35 organisations in India to think together on the issue. Acknowledging their long standing work and building a common opportunity to focus on women and land rights, Sathi worked with some of these groups through workshop and documentation support. Most of these formed independent networks, while SAFP began developing work on gender resource gap to address it at the spatial planning level. As a result SAFP promotes that each area be designed to develop as a sustainable inclusive zone within which women have an equal access, ownership and control over resource, public and private.
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| It now promotes women’s resource right agenda and development of women resource zones for which pilots need to be started by the government. SAFP program Aditha trained volunteers and paid workers to assist the recovery of a person with disabling mental illness and now a program for rehabilitation of those recovered from mental illness is a new pathway SAFP is constructing in July 2014.
Sathi has been involved at the international level through active participation in meetings with UN agencies and their forums such as WUF of UN Habitat, UNCSW, UNIFEM and UNDP. It was playing a role in encouraging Asian governments to recognize the importance of this issue through continuous advocacy work when it started in 2004. The visual below gives a snapshot of work during SAFP inception.