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To use our research, planning and training abilities to assist non profits to improve effectiveness and efficiency and developing new methodologies which are holistic and has an Indian perspective.

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A workshop on “Feminist perspectives on women, health and reproduction in India” was held in 1986. This was possibly y the first such workshop in India. A book “In Search of our Bodies – A Feminist Look at women Health and Reproduction in India (1987 )was published wit h papers by Dr. Vibhuti Patel, Padma Prakash, Malini Karkal, Mira Chatterji, and dr. Mira Savara.

A newsletter Campaignnews was started to keep women activists and researchers in touch with the iniatives being taken by womens  groups  on health related issues in 1987-88.

Women and Naturopathy. Workshops were organised in rural ngos with women and health. The Proceedings were published in “Women and Naturopathy”(1988).

Women and appropriate technology : The study researched how a new innovation for spinning wool had been introduced for women and the Challenges involved for the spread of this.

Women in the unorganised sector: Women in 5 occupational groups were studied  to understand what sort of organisations would be helpful in their occupation and to develop pubic policy for these groups. The study (1992-4) was funded by the Ford Foundation,  and covered fisherwomen, homeworkers, women caterers, domestic servants and sweepers. The organisations covered were unions, womens organisations, caste based organisations, an NGO and a cooperative. The  study  indicated that that the sort of organisation was related to the nature of the occupation, wether it was individual or family work, and the strategies to assist the should take this into account.

Sexual behaviour studies to develop communication strategies for prevention of HIV/AIDs …pioneering studies were done on sexual behaviour amongst youth,  blue collar workers, white collar workers , tribals, and rural population. A workshop was organised in Pune in 1995, followed by a survey in rural areas, and a random sample study in Pune. These were funded by the Ford Foundation (1994 -8)

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About Us

Shakti was started and registered as a Trust in 1985 by a group of women who saw the need for focussed , practical research and training and communication for the non profit sector. The original trustees were Dr. Mira Savara (Founding trustee), Rima Kashyap (Journalist and Arati Rege (architect).

Shakti has always been an organisation which explores areas which need to be researched and also talked about. Its initial years it focussed on women and health issues. In the era of HIV/AIDS it was the first to do sexual behaviour studies in India. Networking being important, for some years it hosted NGO Connect.

Times have changed radically in the past decade. With the internet and new technology expanding we hope to be explore new ways of doing research.

Recognising the importance of engaging the you in ways to hasten development especially of the rural population , we are in the process of developing projects which could attract students to be part of monitoring and implementing government policy in India today. And empowering women through new and innovative programmes continues to be of our concern. In addition, we are providing consultancy skills of design of all aspects of research and communication of results.


Dr. Mira Savara

Founder Trustee of Shakti, founder of Feminist Resource Centre at the Institute of Social Research and Education…

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Dr. C.R. Sridhar

Dr. C.R. Sridhar is a Data Scientist with a lot of experience in Marketing Research and Data Modelling…

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Dr. Arwah Madan

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