Vrinda Agarwal

Political Science & ISF
Spring 2015
This project seeks to address the problem of gender-based violence (GBV) in India, particularly in urban slum areas where it is most prevalent. Rape is one of the most common crimes against women in India, and in 2012 alone, approximately 25,000 rape cases were reported across the country.

The Delhi Shakti Project seeks to empower women in Delhi’s Bhalswa slum by partnering with Delhi NGOs to foster culturally appropriate dialogue on women’s rights, and empowering women to be the change agents in determining solutions to sexual violence prevention. It seeks to build a coalition of NGOs working on the issue of sexual violence prevention in order to amplify their impact and highlight the voices of survivors. Executive Director, Vrinda Agarwal, will be conducting research on NGOs working in the realm of sexual violence prevention, the intersectionality of GBV and poverty, and ways to combat GBV in slum areas. She will then engage in fieldwork in Delhi, India, in partnership with local NGOs, to implement the Delhi Shakti Project.

More information can be found at: www.delhishaktiproject.org, and www.facebook.com/delhishaktiproject.