Three decades of systemic change and promoting gender diversity & inclusion.

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    Delhi, Delhi

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Working at the intersection of law, education, advocacy, and behavior change, Sakshi is a non-profit organisation that aims to address gender inequal Read moreity and sexual violence. Founded as a rights-based, capacity-building NGO in 1992, Sakshi was the force behind two landmark Public Interest Litigations – ‘Vishaka Vs. State of Rajasthan’ & ‘Sakshi Vs. Union of India,’ which became the backbone for several gender-based laws, including ​​the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013.


Violence against women and children has been recognized as a gross human rights violation the world over, that it is systemic, intersectoral and complex is a fact. “Globally, 243 million women and girls aged 15-49 have been subjected to sexual and/or physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner in the previous 12 months.” Across the world, it is estimated that up to 1 billion children aged 2–17 years have experienced some form of physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect. As per the National Crime Records Bureau, 2019: The crime rate registered per lakh children population is 33.2% in 2019 in comparison with 31.8% in 2018. 35.3% of cases were recorded under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (35.3%), including child rape. A total of 1,48,185 cases of crime against children were registered during 2019- an increase of 4.5%. These statistics reveal just the tip of the iceberg as they only reflect the reported cases. Given the nature of abuse, over 50% of cases go unreported. While we can infer from the data available that child sexual abuse is rampant, it is still swept under the carpet because of the barriers of denial, silence, shame, and stigma associated with it. In a large percentage of reported cases of Child Sexual Abuse, the perpetrator is someone from the trusted circle of the child. Workplace sexual harassment in India is a significant deterrent to women's participation in the workforce. It creates a hostile work environment that discourages women from entering or remaining in the workforce. According to a study conducted by the Indian National Bar Association (INBA) in 2017, around 38% of women in India have experienced sexual harassment at their workplace. Fear of harassment leads many women to forgo job opportunities or leave their jobs altogether, limiting their economic independence and career advancement. The economic costs of workplace sexual harassment are substantial. A report by the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, costs the Indian economy around $3.7 trillion annually, equivalent to 9% of GDP. Despite the existence of laws such as the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013, enforcement remains a challenge. Many cases of sexual harassment go unreported or are inadequately addressed due to social stigma, lack of awareness, and ineffective implementation of existing laws.


Sakshi is committed to preventing gender-based violence through a holistic approach that includes research, advocacy, training, capacity-building workshops, and social arts-based initiatives. Our ongoing programs and projects, such as The Rakshin Project by Sakshi, Women Safety Accelerator Fund (WSAF), LEAD (Livelihood & Entrepreneurship Awareness Development) Project, and United Nations Women's Empowerment for Textiles (WEFT), cater to a diverse cross-section of society. These initiatives engage youth, teachers, Anganwadi workers, and workplace management to raise awareness, provide education, and empower individuals to become advocates for change within their communities. By collaborating with various stakeholders Sakshi aims to create a comprehensive approach with a particular focus on prevention of child sexual abuse and workplace sexual harassment.


Over three decades, Sakshi has been an advocate and catalyst for change in the realm of gender-based violence (GBV. Since its inception in the early 1990s, Sakshi has been committed to empowering generations and effecting change through legislative advocacy against sexual harassment at the workplace and child sexual abuse in India. Spearheading efforts that led to pivotal laws such as the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (PoSH) Act and landmark legal precedents like Vishakha & others v/s State of Rajasthan, Sakshi laid the foundation for transformative shifts in workplace safety impacting on over 1.51 million workplaces in India. child protection. Transitioning into the 2000s, Sakshi expanded its scope and influence by championing judicial education on gender equality across five countries in the Asia-Pacific region. By engaging with judges at various levels, including the Supreme Court, High Court, and District Court, Sakshi aimed to foster a deeper understanding of gender issues within the legal system, promoting a culture of gender-sensitive adjudication and jurisprudence. Sakshi also developed resources like the Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes that played a pivotal role in shaping a more inclusive and equitable legal framework. A pivotal moment in Sakshi's trajectory came with the launch of The Rakshin Project in March 2018. This groundbreaking initiative has made substantial strides in mainstreaming conversations surrounding child sexual abuse and gender-based violence, reaching over 915 colleges and educating more than 59,866 NSS student volunteers across 32 states and Union Territories. The Rakshin Project seeks to dismantle barriers such as denial, silence, shame, and stigma, fostering a rights-based enabling environment within families and workplaces by providing a platform for dialogue, intervention, and empowerment. Along with other Implementing Partners, Sakshi has helped to carry forward the Women Safety Accelerator Fund’s (WSAF) mandate of creating an enabling ecosystem for women's safety in the Indian tea sector. By reaching out to about 15000 workers, 200 management staff, and 395 Change Agents, Sakshi continues to further the program’s commitment towards building multi-sectoral engagement in the tea estates. As Sakshi embarks on the next phase of its journey, its legacy of empowerment, advocacy, and intervention will continue to shape the landscape of gender equality and social justice for generations. Through collaborative partnerships, innovative approaches, and steadfast dedication, Sakshi remains at the forefront of the fight against gender-based violence, striving to create a world where all individuals can thrive with dignity, equality, and respect.


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    SBox by Sakshi

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    • 2022-23 11528
  • Proportion of Nss Student Volunteers Capacity Built to Promote Gender Equality

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    The Rakshin Project

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    • 2020-21 9321
    • 2021-22 12751
    • 2022-23 16381

Leadership Team

  • Smita Bharti

    Executive Director

  • Dr. Aditi Kishore

    Director - Sustainability

  • Michelle Liliyan Harry

    Senior Manager - Operations

  • Raaj Kaanjilal

    Sr Manager - Human Resources

  • Dr Ramya Nisal

    Director - The Rakshin Project

  • Deepak Gujrati

    Director Finance and Administration

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