In the year 2000, February, Sannihita -Center for Women and Girl Children The urge to strive for the betterment of women and girl children among few interested activists and their initial successful foray into the issues related has further strengthened the commitment to serve the women and girl children in a comprehensive manner in an organizational manner. This in background, SANNIHITA was born out of auspicious intentions in the realm of gender concerns.

The need to form Sannihita was felt as we found that domestic violence is intricately linked to the issue of right to shelter, and that there is a persistence of conservative gender politics in many of the government/ private institutions that form the basis for government policies which limit women to stereotyped roles within the confines of the home and the family. Thus, as concerned women, we felt the dire need to explore and evolve innovative forms of activism.

Women have always played a major role in the development of our nation. In the process, they had to make sacrifices and overcome seemingly mountainous hurdles. Even today, their creative participation in movements is crucial to peace and harmony in the country. But discrimination and violence continue to underplay their importance, and to wreck women’s lives everywhere. In this context Sannihita is working to create awareness in both women and men adopting practical approaches towards a harmonious society.

Women are caught between ‘development’, and ‘modernity’ on the one hand, and confusing statistics regarding the status of women and incidents of violence against them. Thus there is concerted effort to undermine the status of women in every field through discrimination and stereotyping.While learning from them, Sannihita works with women at grassroots to help them understand the real issues, explore practical solutions, by

  • Involving them in research activity.
  • Involving them in campaigns on women’s rights.
  • Training them on gender discrimination, and..
  • Spreading awareness about human rights.


Our mission is to contribute to the realization of this vision by -

  • Creating awareness on Human Rights (Constitutional, Civil and Political Rights); ESCR (Economic Social and Cultural Rights), CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of all kinds of Discrimination Against Women);

  • Building capacity for livelihoods among both men and women;

  • Creating a platform for researching and facilitating resources on issues of women and girls in the context of natural justice and equality development, and empowerment;

  • Fighting for gender equity, and against violence on women, and

  • Educating girl children, and creating activities for the young vulnerable girl children to improve their skills, and facilitate, conduct useful programs and all livelihood opportunities.
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Sannihita offers its services towards generation of awareness and develops gender sensitive perspectives, especially on housing and domestic violence.

Sannihita aims to coordinate its work among local community groups and organizations in rural and urban areas.