The Maitri Network was set up in 2009 to address issues of dalit, adivasi and other vulnerable women who remain excluded from the mainstream women’s movement in India. The discrimination and exclusion suffered by dalit and adivasi women in particular is compounded because of the twin concerns of gender and caste. These women most commonly face verbal abuse, physical and sexual assault, and domestic and caste-based violence.
ADECOM Network, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu
The ADECOMN was set up in 1989 to empower Dalit and tribal women as and backward communities in South India. The network seeks to support women to exercise their political, social and economic rights, by challenging stereotypes, beliefs and attitudes about women’s roles in society. ADECOMN additionally works towards providing young people and women with skills and opportunities, advocating for women’s rights and supporting women to get into local government.
Bahujan Hitay Society, Amravati
Bahujan Hitay Society, Amravati (BHS-A) was founded in 2013 to work for the empowerment of marginalised communities including dalits, tribals, women and children in communities of Amravati and Yavatamal. BHS-A works with various stakeholders such as government departments, police, child services, protection officers, anganwadi teachers and local CBOs sensitizing them on issues of violence against women and ensuring delivery of speedy justice to victims of violence.
Bahujan Hitay Pune Project
Jeevak started its work in 1982. Currently working in Dapodi, Hadapsar and Pimpri Jeevak’s focus has been on empowerment of women and children, education, nutrition, and healthcare. Thousands of children have been provided opportunities and given a strong educational foundation through 12 semi Balvadis, creches and other welfare programmes also supported by a grant from the state social welfare board, Mumbai.
Darbar Sahitya Sanstha, Odisha (DSS)
DSS works with agrarian, tribal and forest dwelling communities to deal with food and livelihood security of these marginalised sections of society. These communities are critically dependent on agriculture and forests for their livelihood and they face the growing threat of losing their livelihood options due to fast depleting resources like land and forests. DSS visualizes self-sufficient and self managed villages in Orissa where each and every individual lives in peace and harmony without fear of discrimination or denied justice.
Gramin Swavalamban Samiti (GSS) , Mahoba- Uttar Pradesh
The organisation works towards eliminating all forms of boycott, slavery, violence and discrimination on the basis of caste, class and gender. GSS works with marginalized groups who are landless, inefficient and uneducated. Due to which, they have to be highly dependent on money lenders due to their dependent work and manual labor to meet their livelihood and daily needs and such a situation is one of the basic reasons for their exploitation. GSS works to ensure enlistments and welfare of the community so that the disadvantaged communities can be protected from exploitation by making them self-reliant.
Green Tara foundation, Pune- Maharashtra
Founded in 2007 , Green Tara foundation (GTF) works with issues of child marriage, girls’ education, women empowerment, and violence against women in the slums in and around Pune.. The first GTF community met under a tree, learning vocational skills, and participating in health and nutrition awareness programmes.
Nirman, Satara- Maharashtra
NIRMAN, a development based organisation began as an initiative founded by a group of young people who belong to Denotified and Nomadic Tribes in 2006. Nirman has been working for the past 14 years with a commitment towards securing a dignified human life for the oppressed.
Nirman is mainly focused on citizenship rights, education, health, employability and livelihood among NT-DNT communities. It also works towards empowerment of women and gender mainstreaming, and to build solidarity with marginalised communities to deal with issues of their development. Nirman works primarily in Pune, Solapur and Satara districts of Maharashtra
Mahila Mukti Sanstha, Hazaribagh- Jharkhand
Founded in 1994, MMS is a grassroots volunteer based womens’ organisation that works with issues of community empowerment, capacity building, skill development, entrepreneurship development, advocacy and awareness raising. They work primarily with women and girls belonging to underprivileged contexts - mainly SC, ST, OBC and victims of violence.
Through their programs they promote awareness among women and girls to improve their health status, economic and social position etc. MMS conducts various activities to address the issues of dowry death, witch hunting, sexual harassment at the work place, domestic violence, women and child trafficking, and allied women’s issues.
Sadhana Institute for Social Development, Aurangabad
Sadhana Institute for Social Development addresses the needs and aspirations of marginalized sections of society, primarily, women and children. Its vision and mission affirm a quest for an equitable society, and a sustainable development system for social, economic, educational, cultural and political empowerment through networking and alliance building.
Urja Trust is a Mumbai based grassroots organisation working with homeless young women (and in certain cases their children), between the ages of 18-30 years, who have been forced to leave their houses, or have chosen to leave their houses due to a variety of reasons including a desire to improve their circumstances and lead a life of their own choice, to escape poverty, violence (mental, physical, emotional, sexual), dysfunctional families, discrimination faced by them or their community. URJA works to provide safe and empowering spaces to these women, where they can not only heal from the violence they have faced but also be empowered enough to move ahead to lead their lives with dignity and free of violence.
Women’s Social Project (WSP), Nagpur- Maharashtra
WSP is a part of Trilokya Bouddha Mahasangha Sahayaka Gana (TBMSG), Nagpur. Various projects are run by WSP to help women from socially deprived backgrounds in Nagpur and Kamptee to participate fully in society through taking an integrated approach to their educational and cultural development. WSP works towards creating and facilitating Self-help groups, Assistance in Government Schemes to women in slums, financial, psychological and legal support, Vocational Courses, Innovative Early –Learning Centres and Adolescent Reproductive Health Programmes.
Yuva Vikas Mandal, Chattisgarh
Yuva Vikas Mandal (YVM) was registered in 1999 and works for social justice and equality in Sehore and other districts of Madhya Pradesh for the abolition of caste- based discrimination and prevention of violence agaisnt women and children. It works towards providing education and dignity of children belonging to excluded communities such as construction workers .YVM is now working in four districts of Madhya Pradesh and in Raipur, Chattisgarh. YVM works towards meaningful participation in the processes of local self-government (Panchayat and Gram Sabha)and creating awareness on issues of atrocities and violence against women. It also provides legal and psychological counselling to women affected by violence.