Shadhika Shadika

About us

“Girls have to sacrifice their dreams for the happiness of their families. But, Iwant to change it.”

–Mireka, young woman of Shadhika

When she leads, change follows

It is our mission to inspire a culture shift in India by ensuring every young woman is empowered to realize her full potential.

About Shadhika

A history of local action

Juthica Stangl, a native of Kolkata, India, founded Shadhika in 1992 to create a shelter for women who had been wrongly imprisoned due to insufficient dowry or failure to produce a male child. Over the following twenty years, Shadhika provided support to a number of non-governmental organizations focused on poverty, education, and injustice, throughout India. In 2013, in reaction to the 'Nirbhaya' Delhi Gang Rape Case, Shadhika sharpened its focus to combat gender inequality in India by investing in young women's empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency. By providing funding and support to women-led non-profits in India, Shadhika is building a framework for equal access to economic and educational opportunities that will drive a culture shift toward gender equity across the country.

Our vision for global change

We envision growing our impact to reach 10,000 young women annually by 2030 and supporting a national network of change agents working in every state in India. With more than 20% of all adolescent girls in the world living in India, we know this local approach can create a groundswell of global change.

Our Values

We stand for advancing gender equality in India by ensuring every young woman is empowered to realize her full potential. To that end, we value transparency, community, equality, opportunity, and respect in every facet of our operations.

Quarterly videos

Grantee Relationships Shadhika’s CEO walks us through the process we undertake to select our grantees and how we monitor and evaluate their performance over time.
2018-2019 Impact Report Shadhika’s CEO provides an overview of our latest impact report as well as provides insight into our exciting plans for the upcoming year.
Gather for Girls Events Ever wonder how you could host and event for Shadhika? Hear how other donors have done just that and their lessons learned.
Let's Talk About Child Marriage Joined by a representative from Girls Not Brides, we survey the state of child marriage around the world and the actions Shadhika is taking to stop this practice in India.
Let's Talk About Human Trafficking We delve into the complex issue of Human Trafficking and learn from an expert in the field from the University of Denver and learn how Shadhika is impacting outcomes for young women who have been affected.

Read more about us on our Blog

Building a Community

June 26, 2019

The excitement soared as forty young women filled the conference room at the YMCA of Mumbai, ready to embark on the four-day Shadhika Leaders for Change Summit. The schedule was packed, the facilitators were prepared, and the heat was rising in the city of Mumbai. As the young women nervously sat and waited to begin,   

Teamwork

June 17, 2019

“Team Panj!!” we all shout, giving each other a high five. We’ve just divided into our groups for Shadhika’s “Mobile & Mighty Challenge”, a treasure hunt to reach nine landmarks in Mumbai over the course of four days. The first team to take a group “selfie” in front of each landmark and upload it to   

Sisters

June 11, 2019

“I’m looking for someone, someone like me,” Parvati* chants as she slowly turns around. She stands in the middle of the circle. Her question is part of an “energizer” – short games that are played in India to engage conference participants and keep the energy up in the room. This particular energizer is a form