Anubhuti is formed and self-led by women, who have dealt with caste, class, gender, language and ethnicity based discriminations. We have come together to ensure that these experiences are used positively for change.

Deepa Pawar, Founder Director: Deepa’s 18 years of work in the social development sector forms the base of Anubhuti. Having started working with girls and women when she was merely 14 herself, she has worked extensively with youth, women, communities, NGOs, colleges, as well as local and state governments on issues of gender, health, rights, leadership, mentoring, community development, sanitation, etc. across Maharashtra. Campaigns she helped form have reached national and international stages. She is a core team member of the Right to Pee campaign. As a fellow of the Collective Impact Partnership and a Goalkeeper Youth Action Accelerator , her initiatives for preventing workplace sexual harassment and for youth mental health are recognized internationally. She is the Grand Prize winner in UC Berkeley’s Tell Her Story contest 2018 and was a finalist in the CII Foundation’s Women Exemplar Award 2018. With a Masters in Social Work, she works as trainer and counsellor with the most vulnerable communities, as well as with government officials and corporates. She is a published author, poet and a member on ICC committees. In Anubhuti team, Deepa handles visioning, project designing, trainings, module-making, networking and advocacy.

Amrita De, Administration & Fundraising: Since last 12 years, she has worked with adolescents and youth such as in Malwani (Asia’s second largest slum), semi-rural villages in Thane District and in shelter-homes. She has a Masters in Social Work from TISS Mumbai, and has published booklets on girls’ experiences of menstruation, girl activists in history and on Understanding Gender. She was selected as a Youth Scholar to the Women Deliver 2016 Conference. In the team, she takes care of administration and fundraising.

Anu Salelkar, Community Campaigns: She has worked with adolescent girls’ groups, college youth, sex workers and women with disabilities on their health and safety. She has a background in research, having studied sexual harassment of girls in schools for her MPhil dissertation from TISS, Mumbai. In the team, she works with youth, women and stakeholders in communities in Vile Parle (East), Mumbai.

Tilottama Thite, Community Campaigns: She has worked with adolescents for more than a decade through the acclaimed ‘Gammat Shala’ (Fun School) in Dombivali. She later worked with youth in communities on their life skills development in Kalyan-Dombivali area. In the team, she is in-charge of work with youth, communities, stakeholders and the administration in the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation region.