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Aaryshree foundation has been working in Navi Mumbai since 2010 to sensitize women and youth living in slums. The organization undertakes health and educational awareness programs for women and adolescents girls.

Shradha Jyoti

Director

The ADECOM Network was set up in 1989 to empower Dalit and tribal women as well as religious minorities in South India to exercise their political, social and economic rights, by challenging stereotypes, beliefs and attitudes about women’s role in society; providing young people and women with skills and opportunities, advocating for women’s rights and supporting women to get into local government.

Ms. P. Lalidamballe

Director

Jeevak was set up in 1982 to support and uplift Dalit, tribal and other marginalized communities in 3 slum areas in Pune district, through facilitating access to vocational training and livelihood opportunities, developing strong community women leadership and gender sensitization for men and women. Jeevak facilitates the creation and training of self-help groups and small business enterprises, provides counselling and support to women victims of domestic violence, and helps women access government schemes and resume higher education.

Karuna Deepa

Project Coordinator

BHS Amravati works to support young men and women through educational, social and economic development programmes. The project supports young people living in slums and belonging to marginalised communities, through vocational training, grassroots leadership programmes and exam preparations for entry into the job market.

The organisation also works with women and girls victims of violence by providing counselling and vocational training. Considering the needs of “girls in danger”, the organisation has also started a residential educational programme.

Ms. Abhayanavita

Program Manager

Works to empower women belonging to marginalized communities in Bihar and Jharkhand. This is done through creating support groups at village level and providing socio- legal support. The organization works with various stakeholders like community leaders, police, anganwari workers, and panchayats. The organization also works towards providing livelihood opportunities for making women self-sufficient.

Rajni Tilak

Project Coordinator

GTF focuses on the betterment of the lives of adolescent girls and young women living in the slums of Pune City, through vocational training, awareness on sexual and reproductive health, and gender awareness, involving adolescent boys. GTF also engages with the local schools and the police to raise awareness about violence against women.

Dr. Manda Mune

Founder and Director

The HRLN is a collective of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights, fight against human rights violations, and ensure access to justice for all. HRLN provides pro bono legal services (including to children), conducts public interest litigation, engages in advocacy, conducts legal awareness programs, investigates violations, publishes 'know your rights' materials, and participates in campaigns. Within HRLN, the framework of ‘women’s justice’ involves not only the prevention of specific forms of violence and discrimination against women, but also encompasses all other human rights, including the right to food and health, disability, housing, labor rights; Dalit/Adivasi rights, environmental justice and criminal justice. The organization engages in strategic litigation through PILs in High Courts and the Supreme Court for systematic changes as well as the implementation of policy and both women's rights and rights of children.

Dr. Colin Gonsalves

Founder Director

Nirman, Maharashtra

Nirman was set up in 2006 as an initiative of young people from Denotified and Nomadic Tribes to network and advocate on issues concerning the NT- DNT communities across Maharashtra and other states. The organisation runs various programmes to empower youth such as open schools, vocational training and community leadership. Partnering with educational institutions, Nirman has undertaken research on various issues and presented reports before the government for better welfare policies, inclusion and effective implementation of government schemes for NT-DT communities.

The organisation runs a free legal aid and counseling centre to provide relief to women victims of violence, as well as a social entrepreneurship development programme for women from tribal communities that gives them the chance to preserve their traditions and to live a life of dignity.

Ms. Vaishali Bhandwalkar

Program Manager

Nishtha is a community based women’s organisation operating in more than 300 villages of the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It has over 35 years of program experience in the areas of health and hygiene, women and girl empowerment, legal advocacy, water resource installation and maintenance, vocational support, and education for sustainable agriculture. One of the organisation’s key programmes is a comprehensive initiative aimed at eradicating child marriage and keeping girls in schools as part of their efforts to empower women and girls to claim their rights and be able to access better opportunities in life.

Ms. Mina Das

Secretary

PSPS works in the districts of Sangli and Satara to empower rural women through various vocational training courses and access to livelihood opportunities. It also works on educating young men and women on HIV/ AIDS, trafficking, water conservation and other community related issues. PSPS runs childcare centers and hostel for children belonging to marginalized communities.

Mr. Prakash Yadav

Secretary

Jan Sahas was set up in 2000 to protect the rights and promote the development of socially excluded communities with a special focus on girls and women through abolishing all kinds of exclusion, slavery, violence and discrimination based on caste, class and gender.

The organization focuses on the eradication of manual scavenging and caste based prostitution; ending violence against women, especially sexual based violence, skill development for dignified livelihoods and social entrepreneurship; legal aid for access to justice and reform of the criminal justice system; support in education; food and nutrition security; land rights and agriculture development; promotion of basic rights and entitlements; development of “ barefoot lawyers” to build victim or survivors as leader and the empowerment of communities though capacity and organization building.

The organization works intensively in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Through fellowship program, networking and campaign initiative Jan Sahas has also built a presence in the rural and urban areas of other 48 districts of 5 states (Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Maharashtra) of India. Jan Sahas is also involved in national level policy initiatives with the government and UN Agencies.

Mr. Aashif Shaikh

Director

Sadhna Institute for Social Development - Pune

Sadhana was established in the year 2000 and is presently working in 5 districts in Maharashtra in the areas of education, health, livelihoods , disability and women’s empowerment. The organisation has been working towards attaining equality, and enhancing the self esteem and confidence of marginalised communities. With the support of other CSOs, it has been able to implement the rights of children as guaranteed under the Constitution of India. Through advocacy, it has been successful in creating awareness of and implementing the rights of civilians residing in cantonment areas. Sadhna believes gender quality to be an integral part of its work and has been undertaking training programmes involving both men and women.

Ms. Savita Jadhav

Director

Urja has been working in Mumbai with run away young girls and women in need of protection and care. It provides a safe shelter for homeless, runaway young women enabling them to access their rights and develop a sense of identity, self worth and confidence. The support provided to these young women has translated into them becoming drivers of personal and social change.

The organisation undertakes various activities such as rehabilitation for young women at risk, provision of mental health services , educating women about their rights so that they are better able to protect themselves from exploitation, exclusion and discrimination, undertakes research, advocates for the issues of homeless young women and provides for after care programmes for children in institutions. The organisation believes that its unique, participatory and holistic approach has the potential of developing into a successful replicable model that can provide opportunities for economic, psychological, emotional, civil and social development.

Ms. Deepali

Managing Trustee