The Foundation is a youth run and led organization that supports and enables young people to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts & governance. The organization promotes, protects and advances young people’s human rights by building leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements. Founded in 2002, we have worked over the last 8 years directly with 5,000 young people to set up over 200 projects in India, reaching out to 300,000 young people. TYPF works primarily in the National Capital Region (NCR) and collaborates with youth groups and young activists from 13 states across India, including Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kashmir, Nagaland, Gujarat and Bihar. Know Your Body, Know Your Rights (KYBKYR) is a multi year peer education, capacity building and advocacy programme run by young people. The programme also hosts The Project 19 Festival, Vikalp – Searching for Alternatives (with UNESCO and UNFPA) and the KYBKYR National Training with IPPF and the MacArthur Foundation, that have brought together over 360 young activists working with issues of gender, disability, sexuality, health and education from 10 states across India. www.theypfoundation.org
UNESCO the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of fellow human beings. Today, UNESCO functions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse – for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge – while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. In short, UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 193* Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. www.unesco.org
The Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. In India, the MacArthur Foundation makes grants in the area of population and reproductive health. MacArthur has been active in the country since 1990 and opened an office in New Delhi in 1994. Grants are made for work at the national level, but there is also a special focus on efforts in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, states that have a significant unmet need for reproductive health information and services. www.macfound.org
Akshara grew out of the contemporary Indian women’s movement in the 1980s with the campaigns against violence against women. It was established formally in 1995 as a response to the growing need for material with a gender perspective. Akshara realizes that in order to bring in gender equality, we need to involve young men in the process of transformation of society. Gender relations, masculinity and patriarchal privileges are questioned and discussed to bring in a greater awareness, individual consciousness and societal change. The Youth for Change Program involves 400 young women and men every year from 9 low resources colleges in a curriculum of non-formal education and social work. Akshara’s programs reach out to women and youth at the personal and the political levels by using a multitude of methods and mediums. Akshara runs The Initiatives for Change Programme that focuses on theory and movement building by bridging different social movements and taking up campaigns. It emphasizes collective efforts to bring in change at the legal, structural and societal levels.
For more information please visit http://aksharacentre.org/.
SAHAYOG is an NGO working to promote gender equality and women’s health from a human rights framework. Its key activities include advocacy and strengthening partnerships. SAHAYOG believes that socially marginalized individuals and groups must participate in decision-making that affects their lives, such as poor rural women, youth, non-literates, Dalits, tribal’s and minorities. SAHAYOG works at the community level in partnership with local NGOs to build capacities and provide information so that the marginalized can exercise their rights and access services. SAHAYOG has been advocating on various issues of women’s rights at state, national and international level. With Sahayog’s regular research, documentation and evidence base, SAHAYOG reaches out to organizations, educational institutions, state actors and the media, as well as anchors campaigns and advocacy efforts in partnership with other organizations and individuals. Within its work on gender equality and women’s health, SAHAYOG recognizes that young people of Uttar Pradesh face high risks for their reproductive and sexual health, making it imperative that they should have access to information and services for their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Towards this, SAHAYOG has initiated a programme called “Youth for Change”. The programme in partnership with 11 NGOs, located in 10 districts, will strengthen a network of over 100 youth groups, compromised of over 1000 youth members. “Youth for Change” activities will prepare youth leaders to join with adult stakeholders to form a Youth Policy Network (YPN) for building and sustaining advocacy efforts towards a comprehensive SRHR policy for youth at the state level.
For more information please visit http://www.sahayogindia.org/
PARTNERS IN 2010-2011
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. http://web.creaworld.org/
The Coalition shapes international policy and builds local capacity for women’s health and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The IWHC leverages work in these two very different, but critically linked worlds – to change thinking, redirect funding and motivate action by people and institutions that can secure rights and health for women. This requires a strategy in which the IWHC Advocates and motivates social, political and corporate leaders to enact policy and provide funding for women’s rights and health. The Coalition takes courageous stands and achieve political victories for women in nations’ capitals and the United Nations and provides grants and forges professional partnerships with local leaders as they build organizations to secure women’s rights and health, primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Since 1984, the IWHC have provided over $16.5 million in grants to women and youth advocates, mobilizing women and young people, enabling them to take action to secure their rights, health and well-being, helping build and sustain 75 organizations in 10 countries and create broad and powerful alliances. http://www.iwhc.org/