Prajnya turns one! And other updates…


What have we been up to since August? Good question, and about time someone asked us, considering it’s been about two months since the PSW Diary was updated.

A birthday!

Prajnya turned one on September 9, the anniversary of its launch in 2007. Read our anniversary update.

16 Days Campaign

For the most part, we have been frantically busy with conceptualizing programs and setting up partnerships for the Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence. Although there are days when we wish things would go faster, on the whole, we are not doing too badly. At the moment of writing this post, partnerships are almost sewn up for all the 16 Days. This is no mean feat, we assure you and congratulate ourselves, given:

  • the size of our team and its resources;
  • the nature of our volunteer team and the time it is able to devote;
  • we started too early for most partners and too late for most funders;
  • the fact that we have never done this before.

We alternate between excitement and anxiety.

Some of our anxiety inevitably has to do with money. Planned frugally and with resource re-use in mind, the campaign is still going to cost more than Prajnya has. We are moving ahead in spite of this in the faith that good work with good intentions brings its own resources. We are also planning each program in a way that can be scaled up or down depending on the resources we end up with.

But if you think this is a good cause and want to help us, you can find out how by looking here.

Resource Centre News

September was also important for us because the first of the research projects undertaken by the Prajnya Women in Politics and Policy Resource Centre was completed and published online.

Women Taking Action: A Survey of Chennai Women’s Organisations
Sweta Narayanan

The growth of organisations dedicated to serving women in India is interesting on account of its relevance and growing importance in the current scenario of accelerated women’s empowerment. This paper reviews the nature and working of women’s organisations in Chennai, as a lens to the Indian women’s movement. Its structure will serve to highlight two major objectives of the paper – a brief overview of the course of the women’s movement in the country and a detailed description of the activities of 20 organisations, from advocacy groups to service providers, currently working towards women’s welfare in Chennai.

We are so delighted to cross this milestone! Let us know if you want a soft copy of this paper by writing to us at

If you are a publishing professional, editor or designer, we are looking for people who will volunteer to design for us. Right now, everything including our website and almost all our logos are done in-house and our needs are slowly outstripping our capacity.

Prajnya and social networking

In this last period, we started a Facebook group for Prajnya. Look for us on Facebook as the group ‘Friends of Prajnya.’ This is a prelude to setting up a page for the 16 Days Campaign on the same networking site.

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