Our Partners

Our partner organizations in the acceleration program work on various innovative strategies on-ground
to disrupt the status quo and create a world where women and girls can live with dignity and safety.

Sahjani Shiksha Kendra Uttar Pradesh, India

Community mobilization against gender-based violence

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Sahjani Shiksha Kendra Uttar Pradesh, India

Community mobilization against gender-based violence

Sahjani Shiksha Kendra works in education, literacy and empowerment of women and adolescent girls from the feminist perspective in Bundelkhand area of ​​Lalitpur district. The founder, Meena Devi, and her team, work on various initiatives to create awareness of intersectional gender issues pertaining to caste, patriarchy, early marriage, violence against women, right to work and food security. As a result of their work, women and adolescent girls have become aware of their rights and have begun raising questions and advocating for their rights.

The team works on different strategies to address and prevent violence against women and girls within the Dalit, Adivasi and other marginalized communities. Some of these strategies include holding village level meetings with women, creating awareness of the community’s issues through jatha rallies, engaging men and boys in conversations on patriarchy and advocating cases of survivors with the administration. More than 15,000 women and adolescent girls have been a part of this movement.

Jharkhand Mahila Uthan Jharkhand, India

Training elected women representatives in panchayats

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Jharkhand Mahila Uthan Jharkhand, India

Training elected women representatives in panchayats

Neelam Besra, a resident of Hazaribag district, Jharkhand strongly believes in creating a world where everyone can live a just and equitable life.This led to the beginning of Jharkhand Mahila Uthan in 2002 in response to the need for a support agency to strengthen women’s voice against domestic violence and to sensitize Chuurchu, a community development block in Jharkhand, on gender equality and gender justice. The organization holds workshops and training programs dedicated to helping women and girls through activities like education, health, women empowerment, and leadership role training.

This women-led organization offers a platform for victims and survivors to discuss rights and violence issues, especially intersectional gender and caste-baste violence against Tribal, Scheduled Caste and other marginalized communities. The team works on prevention of both child marriage and forced marriage of young adolescent girls, and also focusses on enhancing the leadership capacity of adolescent girls.

The organization believes in women’s representation in Panchayats for long-term sustainable change. They work with elected women representatives to introduce a feminist lens to developmental initiatives through community organizing, training and leadership development programs. Neelam has worked with 110 elected women representatives over the last 10 years.

Samarthya Kalyankari Sanstha Maharashtra, India

Engaging men and boys in the fight against patriarchy

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Samarthya Kalyankari Sanstha Maharashtra, India

Engaging men and boys in the fight against patriarchy

Ranjita Pawar and her team at Samarthya Kalyankari Sanstha believe that true gender equity cannot be achieved until men are part of the change process. They have been working since 2008 with Denotified and Nomadic communities in Osmanabad district, Maharashtra on access to quality primary education, strengthening and promoting community based organizations, and women and girls empowerment to help them become leaders and changemakers of the future.

The team works on prevention of violence by engaging with young men and adolescent boys through various programmes in their community. They also work with survivors of violence to get access to legal justice. Apart from counseling and legal services, this organisation also supports women with livelihood opportunities for financial independence, giving them a new lease of life.