Shadhika Shadhika

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

The pause explains the deep-rooted inequality

December 10, 2019

As a woman in India, I often hear how lucky I am to enjoy the utmost liberty and independence – especially when I am challenging my society’s accepted gender norms. This seemingly benign remark hides a powerful system of gender inequality. Women in India and around the world can attest to the patriarchy’s power to   


October 24, 2019

Remember the days where you once walked across a stage and graduated from college, feeling both accomplished and terrified?  Spending time imagining the possibilities and opportunities that await your arrival, in the midst of long nights writing resumes and cover letters that are unique to each position. Those thoughts, feelings and time building applications are   

Ready to Fly

October 8, 2019

Tell us about yourself?My name is Rupi*. I’m a member of Baale Mane. I have been here for the past 7 years. What do you feel about Baale Mane?I feel very happy and safe. I’m getting education so I’m thankful to them. Tell us about your family.I lost my parents when I was a kid.   


September 25, 2019

Our Experience Creating Rangoli Vaishu shares, “At Baale Mane, we create this Rangoli every day without miss and this is our way to welcome the guest to our home. We use colors, dry flour, and flower petals from the garden to design the Rangoli. We play with colors, and we have fun too. At the