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Sakhi Women's Resource Centre (SAKHI)

Organisation: Sakhi was initiated in 1996, with the intention of facilitating, supporting and networking grassroots women’s groups in Kerala with information dissemination, capacity building and leadership development of women, gender based violence prevention and interventions, policy advocacy and campaigning on women’s issues. In the last 17 years of its functioning, the organization has been able to achieve this and more. Sakhi is registered as charitable trust with six trustees, all of whom are women. One trustee is from the staff and a team of project staff conducts the programmes. The major activities are:

• Information collection and dissemination through a resource centre with over 9,000 books, and numerous documents, paper clippings, collection of documentary films.

• Capacity building programmes on Gender, Development and related areas to a wide range of people from all walks of life (Compiled and published the training manual for this in three volumes).

• Life skill education of adolescents through local governments (Published Manual and three booklets for this purpose).

• Working with local governments since 1997 to ensure Gender planning, budgeting and auditing (Published several books and manuals).

• Violence prevention and intervention programmes and campaigns.

• Advocacy and campaigns/ Action research programmes.

Principles: Sakhi follows the principles of equality, equity and justice. Hence it believes in inclusiveness, complementarity and follows a non-hierarchical leadership style.

Activities / Co-operation with HSF: Sakhi has recently started a project in collaboration with HSF. The project is on “Deepening Democracy through Strengthening Decentralized Governance in Kerala with Focus on Gender Justice”. This would be achieved step by step: through initially surveying some Panchayats where good practices of sustainable development models have been already made; working for the first phase in selective Panchayats in one district, facilitating the capacity building of the elected members thereof, and forming resource teams of former elected woman members, thus building on existing capacities and sustaining them in social and political sectors.    

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