Who We Are

Every once in awhile, an idea comes along that changes the world forever. Making our society gender-just is one such dream. This thought, this hope gave birth to Akshara two decades ago. Today, Akshara is one organisation in a sea of many, working to make this dream a reality. 

We are a not-for-profit women’s organisation and resource centre working for the empowerment of women and girls. With 14 people leading the way, we have the backing of a strong volunteer base and a number of ambassadors lending their support to our cause. To add to that, on the left, you will see our partners (Harassmap, and Stand Up Against Violence) in this movement to make India a gender just country.

Akshara is a project of FREA-India, a registered Trust, No. F1656 (BOM), with an exemption from Income Tax under Section 80G and with a FCRA registration.
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Image source: The Roman Catholic Parish of Our Lady and St Anne, Reading, United Kingdom


Engagement and empowerment are perhaps two of the most important pillars on which Akshara stands. But, neither of these pillars would stand strong without the support of a variety of resources. Which is why we’ve created and distributed books, booklets, manuals, reports and videos for information, discussion and documentation. We’ve also made sure that these resources are nominally priced to create higher access for people from all types of backgrounds.

If you should like to get a copy of any of these, do not hesitate to write to us at aksharacentre@vsnl.com

Please also remember to give us your name, address and method of payment. You can pay us by cheque or wire transfer, whichever is easier for you.



In the last few years, the rock beneath Mumbai’s feet – the idea of the city being one of India’s safest cities for women – has been slowly crumbling. As a matter of fact, the National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) 2013 report placed Mumbai second among major cities in the country for sexual crimes such as sexual harassment(1,163 cases) and insult to women (444 cases). The city registered an 89.4% increase over the previous year in the crime of of sexual harassment.

Two years ago, in collaboration with the Hindustan Times, Akshara had conducted a fairly comprehensive survey of sexual harassment of women in the city. The results were, to put it mildly, startling. 95% of all women said that they had experienced it. In 2013, the same year the Mumbai based photojournalist was assaulted in Shakti Mills, an average of one woman was raped every day in Mumbai.

Read that again: An average of one woman is raped every day in Mumbai. Add to this the grossly under-reported instances of street sexual abuse that young women face on a daily basis, and you have an alarming rate of crime against women. Akshara seeks to help Mumbai regain its mantle of being a safe city for women.


We would love to hear from you! There are several ways we can help each other. If you would like to assist Akshara’s efforts by volunteering or interning with us, please get in touch. You may want to volunteer or intern with us. Please do submit the form attached below and give us an idea of what sort of time and skills you have, so we can hook you up with one of our programs.

Your expertise is needed for our growing organisation. We are particularly looking for help in the areas of finance, fundraising, organisation development, and program design – among others!

Click on Careers if you are looking to working with us. We offer full time and part time or freelancing possibilities.

Thank you! We would love to hear from you. Please do drop us a line at:
aksharacentre@vsnl.com                or
Our postal address is:
Dhuru Bldg, 2nd floor, opp Bank of Maharashtra
Gokhale Road, Dadar West, Mumbai 400028, India
Tel: 022 24328699