In 2012, of the G20 countries, India is ranked the worst place to be a woman. In 2011, an estimated 3 million women were trafficked in India. In 2010, 65% of women were literate vs. over 80% of men. Indian girls face many additional forms of violence, including child marriage, dowry deaths, female feticide, domestic violence, forced labor and rape.These problems are not due to a lack of resources or knowledge - they are due to the lack of girls' and women's voices in leadership roles.
Kranti (Revolution in Hindi) empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas (Revolutionaries) to become agents of social change. We provide a healing home, healthcare and psychotherapy, formal and extracurricular education, leadership training and the skills to solve social problems. At Kranti, we believe empowerment should not just lead to a salary - it should lead to a voice - because every Revolutionary has a voice that can transform herself, her community and the world.
In 2012, the accomplishments of 10 Revolutionaries were covered by NYT, CNN and BBC. In just 3 short years, one Revolutionary has become India's first girl from a red-light area to study abroad, 1 is the first Indian selected for a prestigious performing arts program in the US, and all of the Revolutionaries have given public speeches in front of audiences ranging from 500 to 5,000. Within 5 years, Kranti will be known for developing India's most marginalized girls into its best leaders.