Indrani is the founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women around the world with the tools to live healthy and meaningful lives. As a survivor of domestic violence as a child and young adult, she is a tireless and fearless advocate for ending gender-based violence worldwide. She leads trainings globally with PSI to give local leaders the tools to work with survivors of violence.
Gender-based violence not only undermines the safety, dignity, and health of millions of women, but also the economic stability and security of nations.
Gender-based violence is an issue around the world, but in India and Trinidad & Tobago in particular, it thrives on imbalances of power between men and boys, women and girls, and is reinforced by unhealthy gender relations. It manifests in many ways, including physical, sexual and psychological violence and is most often perpetrated by those closest to the survivor. Gender inequality and cultural norms are the root causes of violence. Impeding their recovery, survivors tend to seek support from families and friends, rather than at health facilities. In both countries, coordination between existing health providers is weak, leaving survivors unaware or out of touch with trained local support.
In two countries, this project is testing a novel approach to preventing gender-based violence and supporting survivors that engages local organizations, families, community leaders, and policymakers in a coordinated response.
Wajood, in India, and Make It Stop, in Trinidad & Tobago, are two pilot initiatives that are designed with four key components to tackle gender-based violence: building political will and stronger policies to address gender-based violence; expanding support services for survivors, training health care providers, and increasing awareness of these services; building the capacity of community groups to transform harmful gender norms; and engaging men and boys as a key part of the solution.
Two years after the start of the project, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a three-year agreement with Indrani’s Light Foundation and PSI to create a $10 million program.
This is now the largest grant in India for gender-based violence prevention. The partnership with USAID will expand program activities to reach many more women and girls, amplifying the program’s impact in tackling violence across India.
THE HUFFINGTON POST The unusual topic of conversation seems to follow me. At business meetings, dinner parties, and coffee dates, people keep talking to me about their childhood abuse. It makes sense: my story of abuse motivates my work, and I don’t stop talking about my mission to end violence in every home (TEDTalk). Because […]
WOMEN DELIVER Indrani Goradia delivers a talk on how her experience of gender-based violence shaped her life and work at the Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference.
DEVEX It’s been just over a week since philanthropist and advocate Indrani Goradia landed in India. She’s been many times before, her husband’s family is Indian and she is from Trinidad and Tobago, of Indian descent. But this is a different trip and fifty-plus years in the making. Not long ago, gender-based violence was viewed […]
THE HUFFINGTON POST Indrani Goradia has a grand vision for the world. It’s simple: eradicate gender violence globally. Founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation (ILF), a non-profit family foundation that helps women and families take steps to live empowered lives, Indrani believes the tools to eradicate gender violence are already available. Her job is simply to […]
TEDX In this talk, Indrani asks us to make spanking and corporal punishment a thing of the past. With her surprising examples of the kinds of everyday objects that are sometimes used to discipline children, she challenges the audience to reframe the song, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. […]