Ever since we began, we have been helping out with the help of private donations, patrons who feel that we are making a difference, as well as our own funds.
Pankh urgently needs medical items for women, more specifically -- things which help to bring awareness about sexual and reproductive health.
Travelling is a big deal for Pankh; when we do, we manage with great difficulty. We hope someday to buy a large vehicle to better serve the women we help.
We at Pankh believe in spreading awareness...both about the atrocities being perpetuated on women and the best means of combating them...as also to sensitise people on why such atrocities should NOT be perpetuated at all...(And this is not easy ...because in some cases women are pretty strongly culturally conditioned into accepting their abuse.)
We believe in counselling men who need to be given measures to develop a more respectful approach towards women in general and (if possible, and we realise, this shall take a long time doing) look at them with a vision of being something more than mere sex/sheer sex objects.
We are also looking at the institutions of education, both basic and higher education, so that the girls are made aware of their potential. The forays will be in legalities, health and other factors that enable girls to be aware.
Pankh is based in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, and the biggest state in India in terms of population.
The NGO educates and counsels women and men about gender equality, teaches women their rights and works to change culturally ingrained negative attitudes towards women and girls.
The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia.
From equal status with men in ancient times through the low points of the medieval period, to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of women in India has been eventful.