Support 5000 women out of sexual & economic abuse



‘Untouchable’ women face caste-based sexual & economic abuse & domestic violence.The project enables women in 100 villages develop economic independence & raise their voice against injustice.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Low caste women in Marathwada, rural India, have low education levels-illiteracy high as 76%- & little control over property & animal wealth. Forced into low-paying jobs they face sexual harassment from high-caste men as well as domestic violence. 67% of women have a child marriage and the gender ratio of 927:1000 reveals female infanticide. The project will benefit 5000 women in Self-Help Groups across 100 villages and indirectly benefit 21,000 people across the area.

How will this project solve this problem?

A ‘Flying Squad’ speedily tackles incidents of violence; 30 women ‘animators’ influence village decision-making; leadership cadre of 230 women are contact points for village women; 200 self-help groups build economic stability and confidence.

Potential Long Term Impact

‘Untouchable’ women help themselves out of caste-based poverty and voicelessness thru gaining economic independence and taking their place in decision-making in their village and homes, and thru tackling caste-based sexual and economic exploitation.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,433

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,433 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 142 donors like you, a total of $10,433 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Karuna Trust

London, England, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Steven Murdoch

Staff Member
London, England United Kingdom

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