About Sanhita

Sanhita’s beginning was located in collaborative efforts between women activists and human rights practitioners that marked the preparatory processes in West Bengal, for the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. Post the landmark conference, the need was felt to sustain and continue these efforts that were undertaken.

Sanhita was formally established in 1996 with the conviction that information as a tool can facilitate women’s capacities and empower them to become agents of change. This belief is further rooted in the vision of a gender just society, a society in which women’s right to live with dignity and freedom from violence is fulfilled and protected.

With its organic roots in the Indian Women’s Movement, Sanhita is amongst the members of the autonomous women’s network in West Bengal and connects with it nationally.

Committed towards an overall vision of gender justice, and gender equity, Sanhita works in the area of mainstreaming gender concerns by ensuring institutional accountability and systemic reforms. It also connects to other issues of rights discriminations, violations & violence that affect other disadvantaged communities on the basis of their caste, religion, sexual orientation, mental health or disability status.

Sanhita works with strong emphasis on advocacy and empowerment in its approach: advocacy that addresses those problems in a systemic way through changes in public policy; research, training & capacity building, legal reform and development communication form broad areas of Sanhita’s work.