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During the Pandemic, these Organizations Empower Indian Women and Girls

A UN Women study states that the COVID-19 pandemic will disproportionately affect women and push 47 million more women and girls into extreme poverty by 2021. Several civil society organizations have often taken the onus to help empower women in a number of areas, including PHI’s Collective Impact Partnership.

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Pandemic or not, women and girls have been at a disadvantage due to a multitude of issues like patriarchal mindsets, lack of financial empowerment and employment opportunities, taboos and misconceptions about periods, lack of sanitation facilities, digital literacy and many more.

From providing girls in Thar desert an opportunity to attend school to empowering grassroots women leaders in Maharashtra, the following social organizations are working on a wide range of issues.

Anahat for Change

Purvi Tanwani, co-founder of Anahat for Change (Photo from Herstory)

Founded by Purvi Tanwani, Anahat for Change is a Kolkata-based NGO working to empower women through self-help groups and addressing pressing issues such as menstrual hygiene and toilet facilities in government schools and gender-based violence.


The Collective Impact Partnership

Collective Impact Partnership’s Nikita Wadhwa on ground working with women and girls (Photo from Herstory)

An effort led by Rise Up, How Women Lead, the Public Health Institute, Global Fund for Women, and World Pulse, the Collective Impact Partnership works with a cohort of diverse leaders of women’s organizations in Maharashtra to advance economic empowerment for women.


OneProsper and Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS)

Dhapu, Durga, and Pushpa (from left to right) are among 260 girls who have benefited from GRAVIS initiatives (Photo from Herstory)

Canada-based non-profit OneProsper partnered with Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti to work with desert communities and empower the rural communities of India. The partnership has helped 260 girls from over 130 families realize their dreams of going to school.



Raashi Anand, founder of Lakshyam (Photo from Herstory).

Founded by social entrepreneur Raashi Anand, Lakshyam works in the area of women’s empowerment through education for children and skill development. Lakshyam has been working with women from slum dwellings, providing them training to handcraft cloth bags to earn a living.

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