Shadhika Shadhika

Why India

“My aim is to make my community free from child marriage and empower all the young girls.”

–Vidya, young woman of Shadhika

Rippling around the world

India's potential is enormous. Nearly one-fifth of the global population is in India and nearly 20% of all adolescent girls in the world live in India. We believe that we can have an impact on gender equality globally by investing in local solutions for India's young women.

Defying the odds

India is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be born a girl. For too many girls, from the day they are born, poverty, discrimination, and gender-based violence prevents them from realizing their full potential. Together we can change her story.

Investing in what works

Research shows that empowering women is one of the most effective means to lift up entire communities. And yet we know that less than 2 cents of every dollar raised to support international development goes to directly support girls. Shadhika exists to change that paradigm.