Partnerships to end SGBV in Uttar Pradesh, India

This database presents the profiles of formal and informal key actors that are working with men and boys to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) within different institutional settings in Uttar Pradesh, India. Relationships with these organisations, units and individuals have been built through their interest and involvement in case study research exploring lessons from the ongoing campaign ‘Men’s Action to Stop Violence Against Women’ (MASVAW). The study aims to understand the relevance of – and opportunities enabled through – such a networked and institutionally rooted approach to addressing SGBV as that of MASVAW.

The research process for this case study engaged with members of civil society organisations, individual activists, political and institutional leaders, students and community activists. 

Thus, organisations that engaged in this study as stakeholders in MASVAW’s work towards gender equality, and that have shown commitment through their work to engage men and boys in transforming gendered power asymmetries have come forward to be included and involved in this database. In other words, organisations (and smaller units) self-selected in relation to this criteria, during the research process.

Image from IDS: Awareness raising with men to end violence against women in Varanasi, India

Name Description
Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ)

The Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) is a civil society institution with the mission of promoting human development, gender equality, human rights and social justice, with specific reference to the field of health.

logo Department of Social Work, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith

Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith was established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1921 to engage students in Indian Freedom Movement and to raise political consciousness among youth. 

logo Faculty of Education, Banaras Hindu University

The Faculty of Education is a teaching and research organisation, including a course, taught to teachers and prospective teachers, on Sociology of Education and Gender and Education.

HUMSAFAR (Support Centre for Women)

HUMSAFAR, a Support Centre for Women in Crisis in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, provides direct support to women facing domestic violence, as well as promoting public awareness.

Mahila Samakhya, Varanasi centre

Mahila Samakhya Varanasi is a non-government organisation which views education as a tool for empowering women and works to create an environment for women empowerment through education and economic independence.

MASVAW logo Men’s Action to Stop Violence Against Women (MASVAW)

Men’s Action to Stop Violence Against Women (MASVAW) is an alliance of men and organisations working on gender issues, who are committed to reacting to and reducing incidents of violence against women. 


SAHAYOG is a non-profit voluntary organisation working to promote gender equality and women’s health from a human rights framework since 1992.