Vishakha Mahila Shiksha Evam Shoudh Samiti was established in 1991 with the vision to re-establish women’s identity as individuals in their own right and to work towards their individual and collective empowerment. They were a key litigant in the Public Interest Litigation that led to the issuance of Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual harassment at the Workplace in 1997, popularly known as the Vishakha Guidelines.
Geography: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Chetna was established in 1984, working under the aegis of the Nehru Foundation for Development (NFD). Their core areas of work include maternal health and nutrition, reproductive child health, sexual health rights, and responsibilities, and overall food security.
Geography: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
EKTA Resource Centre for Women was founded in 1990, as a gender resource centre. In 2005, they set up a girls' home at Killai in Cuddalore to shelter girls whose parents had died in the Tsunami. EKTA works on the empowerment of girls and women to engage with the authorities on safety, rights and entitlements, and access to government schemes.
Geography: Cuddalore and Madurai districts, Tamil Nadu
Parcham Public Trust was established in 2012. They work with young girls creating spaces for dialogue to address concerns outside of a moralistic framework, with a focus on breaking stereotypes of gender and of Muslims. Their flagship football programme for adolescent girls helps them to address issues of exclusion of women from public spaces.
Geography: Thane district, Maharashtra
Alwar Mewat Institute of Education and Development (AMIED) was established in 2000. They work with Muslim, Dalit, and Tribal communities to embed social transformation through education and gender sensitisation as primary drivers of change. Their areas of work include quality education, sexual and reproductive rights, water and sanitation, child protection, and gender.
Geography: Alwar district, Rajasthan
The One All Trust was founded in 2016 with the aim to create a fun and friendly learning environment to spread knowledge and spark discussions on gender, personality, society, stereotyping, and sexuality. They work with adolescents in fishing communities in Chennai, and Adivasis in Gudalur, focusing on forming value systems amongst youth through ‘Ultimate Frisbee’ and developing life skills.
Geography: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Shreeja India was founded in 2017 with the vision of a gender-equitable society and the aim to prevent child marriage, human trafficking, and gender-based violence. They do this by empowering young girls through sports-based development programmes and after-school support activities.
Geography: Birbhum district, West Bengal
People’s Movement for Self Reliance was founded in 1985. They focus on community-centric projects to improve the socio-economic and health indicators for children and women. Their core interventions include rehabilitation of intellectually challenged children, prevention of child marriage, and empowering victims of child marriage.
Geography: Kollegal, Karnataka