As a part of the core program of COAST Trust, the Social Justice (SJ) division aiming to build counter leadership from poor at local level who has the capacity for demand mediation, ability to organize local issue-based movement, empowers to challenge any neo-liberal activity or approach. To reach these goals SJ is operating different activities both in staff level and group level. SJ also acts as catalyst for demand mediation in between public agencies and people; strengthening local government institutes (LGI); empower people to get their legal rights; capacity building of LGI; action and awareness on human rights issues; support to protect violence against women and acid throwing; political reform; and enhance capacity of democratic institution.
All the governance and advocacy related activities (e.g., Education program, social justice program, local governance project, coastal rural knowledge center, Acid survivors project, reaching-out of school children project of the government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, ) of the organization are operated by this section.
COAST Social Justice program has newly formed 50 numbers of Branch Jono Shangatan (BJS) and 20 numbers of Upazila Jono Shangatan (UzJS) through maintaining a direct electoral process. Now all are engaged in social works to ensure human rights and governance in local level. The Jono Shangatan is mitigating local conflicts among the group members and mediating demands of poor people through mobilizing relevant stakeholders. To making social action plan and mitigation of their demands locally they are setting in monthly meeting regularly. Apart from those work the Jono Shangatan is mobilizing the human rights violation issues i.e. acid throwing, Rape, kidnap, Khash land for landless people etc.