Support 5000 women out of sexual & economic abuse

by Karuna Trust Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


‘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.

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Information on caste issues & Buddhist conversion
Human Rights Watch website on caste issues
Caste atrocities article in The Hindu newspaper
film resources on caste issues and violence

Organization Information

Karuna Trust

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @freefromcaste
Project Leader:
Steven Murdoch
Staff Member
London, England United Kingdom

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Thanks to 141 donors like you, a total of $10,400 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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