- Elimination of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
- Ensuring health and well being of women and girls.
- Recognition of violence as a public concern.
- Equality and empowerment of women and girls.
How We Work
The Program adopts a multi-pronged, pro woman approach with women and children survivors
of violence, communities and public systems to make violence a public concern through
- Crisis Intervention and Counselling helping women access appropriate recourse to
action (legal, pre litigation, medical help, shelter), while building their confidence
and teaching them to negotiate power and control over their own lives.
- Prevention and Community Intervention making the issue of gender based violence
visible in communities and in public and urging people to stand up, speak out and
- Collaboration and networking with public systems, specifically the police, health
and legal systems to sensitively handle women and children approaching them for
help and to offer timely and adequate services.
- Advocacy through groups and networks at local, city, state and national levels for
implementation of acts and laws on or relating to violence against women and children.
We carry out community intervention in urban slum settlements in G North, M East,
F South and H West Wards of Mumbai, while counselling and crisis intervention services
are open to survivors from across the country.
- Recognition and acceptance of PVWC's work by the Deputy Commissioners of Police,
Mumbai Zones III, IV, V and VI who enabled us to get permission to conduct sensitization
trainings at the Zonal level and also at the Marol Police Training School.
- Succeeded in drawing attention to violence against women and children as a public
concern and not a private matter at the city level by organizing a campaign called
16 days Activism which was covered extensively by the media during the period 25th
November to 10th December 2012.
- PVWC held the Secretariat of the Maharashtra chapter of the AMAN Global Voices for
Peace in the Home Network (an international network of organisations working on
domestic violence) from 2012 - 2013.
- SNEHA, in collaboration with Poor Box Productions, hosted Eve Ensler on 6th
January, 2013, as part of the run up to the international One Billion Rising Campaign,
which was held on 14th February, 2013. SNEHA joined the rest of the world
to "Strike! Dance! Rise!" to end violence against women and girls.
- Formation of a Dharavi level Federation (30 members from various professions and
backgrounds) to address violence against women and girls in the community.
- Research study 'Burns as a result of Violence : A Problem Analysis' conducted in
Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (LTMGH),
Mumbai as a collaboration between Crime Science Department, University College London,
U.K. and SNEHA. The study has led to an improved system of co-ordination between
the Burns Unit of LTMGH and SNEHA for the filing of First Information Reports and
legal intervention to ensure timely help to burns survivors.
- Noble Laureate Karamveer Puraskar awarded by iCONGO (a Confederation of International
NGOs) to Dr. Nayreen Daruwalla for her contribution to the field of gender based
violence and gender justice.
- 822 women received crisis intervention and counselling.
- 100 cases identified by SNEHA Sanginis (community volunteers) and provided initial
- Dharavi Men's Action Group took action in 18 cases of sexual harassment of women
and girls by accompanying the survivors to the police station to register complaints
and handling the perpetrators over to the police.
- 19 training programmes with all cadres of hospital staff of LTMG Hospital and KEM
- Trained 450 police officers and constables from Zone III, IV, V and VI, and 1060
police cadets of the Marol Police Training School.
Read our "Stories of Change"