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Who’s Who
Founder and Executive Secretary

Ms. Poonam Kathuria
Executive Secretary
Poonam Kathuria, the founder and executive secretary of SWATI, has been in development for over eighteen years working for women’s empowerment and leadership.
She and has contributed a number of articles on experience and research carried out in the area of violence against women, male perceptions of violence against women and women and health. Advocating at state and national levels for effective implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, she has recently developed and published a handbook on using PWDVA.
Under her leadership SWATI has pioneered the work with women’s justice committees, which are today well recognized platforms dealing with women‘s issues of violence and exploitation in the home and outside of it. She has played an important role in working with men from a masculinities perspective and is also part of an international alliance for engaging with men.

Governing board members

Ms. Renu Khanna

Renu Khanna is a feminist women’s health and rights activist. She has a MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. She is a founder trustee of SAHAJ-Society for Health Alternatives based in Vadodara. Renu and some friends started the Women’s Health Advocacy Cell, in the WSRC, MS University in Vadodara in 1992. This evolved into a vibrant interdisciplinary centre called WOHTRAC - Women’s Health Training, Research and Advocacy Centre. Renu was a part of Shodhini a feminist women’s network who wrote Touch Me, Touch Me Not: Women, Plants and Healing published by Kali for Women. She has co-edited Towards Comprehensive women’s Health Policies and Programmes. Renu was an Erasmus Mundus scholar and taught in KIT Amsterdam and QMU Edinburgh in 2008. She has been part of part of a pioneering group in India to design and conduct a 2 week Gender and Health Course as well as a Gendered Research in Health Course in two locations in the country. She is a member of several pro-peoples’ networks, like, the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Medico Friends Circle, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Vadodara, or CommonHealth – Coalition for Maternal-Neonatal Health and Safe Abortion.

Dr. Leela Visaria - Vice president

Ms. Poonam Kathuria - Exec. Secretary

Mr.Arvind Lodaya - Member

Ms. Falguni Jadeja - Member

Shri Apoorva Oza - Member
Mr. Oza, educated in India, the UK and the USA in mechanical engineering, rural management and NGO management, is currently the CEO for the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (India). Furthermore, he is actively involved with various other NGOs and government working groups including the State Level Working Group on Participatory Irrigation Management, State Level Working Group on Joint Forest Management, PRAVAH (Network of NGOs on Drinking Water Policy Issues), CHARKHA (Development Communication Network of NGOs), SWATI and Gujarat Initiative for Right to Information. Mr. Oza’s research interests include natural resource management, village institutions, and NGO management.
Ms. Archana P. Joshi - Member
Shri Atul Pandya - Member


Legal status of SWATI

SWATI is registered as a Society (Guj./3280/Ahmedabad) and a Public Trust (F/3154/Ahmedabad)

Donors & Projects

Paul Hamilyn Foundation phf

The Foundation has several programs, its India program aims to build capacity in NGOs working to protect vulnerable groups in Indian society.

Hivos hivos

A fair, free and sustainable world – that is what Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation, wants to contribute to. Together with local organisations in developing countries, Hivos strives for a world in which all citizens – both men and women – have equal access to resources and opportunities for development.

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust sirdorabaji

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, one of the oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations in India, was established in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata with the prime purpose of encouraging learning and research in the country, of meeting costs of relief during crises and calamities and of carrying out worthwhile charitable activities.

OXFAM India Trust oxfam

Oxfam India strives to secure the right to a life with dignity for all by actively engaging people and policy makers in the inclusive development of society. Its goals include ensuring that everyone has access to education, health and social protection; people are able to overcome poverty by earning a decent livelihood with fair trade opportunities; women lead a life of dignity, free from violence; and communities are prepared to deal with the impact of climate change, natural and man-made disasters.

Health And Family Welfare Department arrow

Health And Family Welfare Department is a state department of Gujarat, India.

Women Power Connect wpc

WomenPowerConnect is a national level organization of women’s groups and individuals working together for formalizing the process of legislative coordination. Its activities are aimed at influencing legislators and policy makers to frame gender-friendly policies, which impact women positively.

Reports and Policies

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