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WAVE   Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment (WAVE) is a unique digital platform for semi-urban Indian women to voice their perspectives on issues that matter through video blogs. WAVE believes that young women in India need to be heard and encouraged to analyse the problems in their communities, and go on to be leaders who provide effective solutions for society to become socially and economically empowered.


  Sampoorna is a transgender group based primarily in Mumbai and Delhi, providing a support network for trans idenitified people throughout the country.


Alochana   Aalochana, Centre for Documentation and Research on Women, is a Pune-based feminist resource organisation. Based on the need create and disseminate information relating to the perception, experiences and lives of women, Aalochana is one of the most significant resource centres in Western India.



Akshara   Akshara grew out of the contemporary women’s movements of the 80’s with its campaigns protesting violence against women. Established informally in 1986 and formally launched in 1995, Akshara believes in changing society through changing people and encouraging collective functioning.


Alternative Law Forum

Alternative Law Forum   Formed in 2000 by a collective of lawyers, The Alternative Law Forum is committed to a practice of law which responds to issues of social and economic injustice. Today, ALF has expanded its role as a legal service provider to create a space where alternative lawyering is integrated with critical research, alternative dispute resolution and pedagogic interventions.



Anjali   Working in one of the most neglected areas of health in India, Anjali seeks to humanize mental health understanding, awareness and care. Anjali aims to bring about systemic changes in the sphere of mental heath care, and raise awareness and understanding amongst various sections of society.



Aawaaz-e-Niswaan   Aawaaz-e-Niswaan (voice of women) is a vibrant feminist collective of students, academicians, activists from the women’s movement and women who daily confront violations of their rights and evolve strategies to combat them.



Breakthrough   Breakthrough is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality, and justice. By using multimedia tools that transform hearts and minds, Breakthrough seeks to to empower individuals and communities to stand for universal human rights. Breakthrough’s human rights programs in India educate mass audiences on women’s rights, namely, violence against women and sexuality and HIV/AIDS.



  Founded in November 2007, CAMP is a space that considers the thresholds of ownershop and authority as challenging sites for art practice. Moving beyond the binaries of commodity markets vs. ‘free culture’ or individual vs. institutional will, CAMP seeks to build what is possible, equitable and interesting for the future.


Centre for Development Initiatives

Centre for Development Initiatives   Centre for Development Initiatives (CDI) is a Mumbai-based NGO working in Mira Road and Bhayander around issues of HIV/AIDS, with a focus on bar dancers and women in prostitution.


CEHAT/Dilaasa   Operating within a feminist perspective, CEHAT’s Dilaasa Crisis Centres are located in two Mumbai hospitals and provide counselling to women who face domestic violence. Dilaasa offers battered women legal counselling, temporary shelter, and referral to external agencies.



  CHARCA, or the Coordinated HIV/AIDS Response through Capacity Building and Awareness, is based in Mizoram and aims to equip women within the age range of 13-25 years to protect themselves against drug use. Focusing on reducing the vulnerabilities of young women, CHARCA aims to provide access to quality services, build leadership qualities, and create an enabling and empowering environment.


CREA   CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in the global South and led by women from the global South. CREA promotes, protects and advances women's human rights and the sexual rights of all people by strengthening feminist leadership, organizations and movements, influencing global and national advocacy, creating information, knowledge and scholarship, changing public attitudes and practices, and addressing social exclusion.


Federation of Film Societies of India

Federation of Film Societies of India   The Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) seeks to promote film as an art form through greater exposure to World Cinema. FFSI sources contemporary cinema from various sources, and circulates its collection amongst film societies across different regions of India.


Gay Bombay

Gay Bombay   Gay Bombay is a self-evolving informal group that is the product of like-minded gay people from Mumbai (mainly, but not totally) coming together to create a safe space for men who are romantically and sexually attracted to men. The space allows people to exchange views, organise events, and meet and interact.



Majlis   Majlis – a centre for rights discourse and interdisciplinary arts initiatives – has been engaged in a comprehensive programme for securing the rights of women and marginalised groups. In order to increase accessibility, Majlis functions through multiple layers of litigation, pedagogy, campaigns, academic inputs, and support to women lawyers from non-metropolitan backgrounds.


Open Space

Open Space   Open Space is a creative platform for students and citizens to explore, understand and initiate social change. By organising programs and processes that encourage young adults to see society, ideas and politics from fresh perspectives, Open Space uses the power of media, art, literature, film, theatre and pop culture to explore various ideas (including identity, diversity, social justice, and sustainable and equitable development).



SANGRAM   Founded in 1992 by initially working with women in prostitution and sex work, SANGRAM works on HIV/AIDS in a rural context. SANGRAM aims to create a collective consciousness among women, and to strengthen women to assert their rights and negotiate safety independently.



Oxfam   Oxfam is an international confederation of 14 organisations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam works directly with communities, and seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.



Saksham   Saksham is a five year programme supported by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria(GFATM). Working in a unique partnership between 36 academic institutions, public health bodies, and NGOs across the country, Saksham trains over 12,000 HIV/AIDS counsellors across 25 states and one Union Territory in India.



SHED   SHED aims to empower underprivileged, marginalized and vulnerable sections of society, especially women and girls, through activities that promote self reliance and human dignity. SHED’s vision for the future is of a society that is just, participatory, self-reliant, and sustainable.



SNEHA   The Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA) is a Mumbai based NGO working on issues of nutrition and health with women and infants. SNEHA also runs a crisis centre for vulnerable women and children, which primarily addresses issues of domestic violence through both psychological and legal support.



Swayam   Swayam is a women’s rights group committed to ending violence against women and children. Based in Kolkata, Swayam conducts a coordinated program of research and awareness raising in order to challenge societal norms and values that perpetuate violence against women.



TARSHI   TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) believes that all people have the right to sexual well being and a self-affirming and enjoyable sexuality. Working towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives, TARSHI runs a helpline, conducts trainings and institutes, develops publications, participates in public awareness and education initiatives, and provides technical support for advocacy initiatives.



TICAH   TICAH, the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, was founded in Kenya in 2003 to enhance the positive links between health and cultural knowledge, practice, belief, ritual, and artistic expression. Spanning Asia and Africa, TICAH’s work focuses on AIDS and traditional medicine, sexuality and gender, food and art activism.



  Vanangana is committed to ensuring human rights for women at a grass roots level, with a  clear focus on establishing violations of these rights as political issues. Vanangana has emerged as a resource group on water management, innovative income-generation programs, and women’s empowerment, with a focus on violence against women.



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