Note From the Director's Desk
Dr. Ranjana Kumari

As I look back, I am proud of the efforts that the team has collectively made in not only lending momentum to the social causes, but also empowering women and children of India through a variety of programs. We achieved significant headway on our mission to build an equitable society where women feel empowered in all spheres of life. This has brought us one step closer to remove discrimination and violence against women as a day-to-day matter.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

In recognition of our dedicated work with the communities since 2007 for improving sex ratio and making communities realize the value of girl child by developing her potential through our Meri Shakti Meri Beti (MSMB) program, we were chosen as the nodal agency by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India, when the BBBP Scheme was launched in January 2015.

Helping Survivors of Violence

Centre for Social Research runs several Crisis Intervention Centres to support victims of violence. Two of our most active centres in Delhi are in Vasant Kunj and Uttam Nagar.

Our centres are approached by women, who are going through significant abuse and struggle in their married life and are seeking redress. On receiving cases of domestic violence and marital discord, we not only counsel the victims but also assist them in the legal procedures for seeking justice.

Sports to Empower Girls

It is believed that sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose – in short, it teaches you about life.

Out "Sports for Empowering Girls" Program was run in the five Gender-Critical Districts of Haryana in 2019 with support from the Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

Women's Skill Development  

Security Guard Training

Our Security Guard training program has given confidence to the women from marginalized background to scale new heights! As part of our skill development initiative, we have been successfully running this program since 2018 in partnership with Honda2Wheleers India.e.

Office Assistant Training

"We at CSR. are promoting non-traditional livelihood opportunities for women through skill based training programs. The Office Assistant Training Program aims to train 100 women and girls to participate in the workforce, for their economic empowerment."


India is facing its worst water crisis in history, with the NITI Aayog estimating that 21 Indian states will run out of groundwater by 2020. Rajasthan has been identified as a critical and over-exploited state in this report. Alarmingly, it also has low adaptability and high sensitivity to climate change.

Global Outreach

63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
On 12th March 2019, CSR hosted a parallel event at the 63rd Commission on the status of Women organised by the UN Women. It is in the endeavor of the aforementioned that Centre for Social Research (CSR) made a 20 minute documentary film "Gumption" celebrating the triumph over problems


Facebook South Asia Safety Summit
On November 19, 2019, the second edition of the Facebook South Asia Safety Summit, in New Delhi was organised to highlight the issues of individuals on the digital platform. Facebook partnered with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), to slew of initiatives to accelerate digital literacy efforts in India, and for the formation of an Ideal Internet Consortium to propose recommendations for online child safety, and the launch of We Think Digital in India; the company's global digital literacy program . The summit was joined by over 100 organisations from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and India.

India CSR Summit
India CSR Summit & Exhibition is South Asia's largest CSR, SDGs and social impact forum; organised on the 23rd - 24th September, 2019, at New Delhi.

The Summit brings together business leaders, board directors, CSR foundations, impact investors, philanthropists, innovators, government agencies, the UN bodies and non-profits leaders to explore synergies and co-create solutions.

To enable India strive towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Summit became a platform for engaging businesses in the development agenda as well as identifying varied community institutions and the social fabric at large, so as to bring forth time-based action plan as we unleash ahead.

Partners' Dialogue on Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality UNESCO organised a Partners' Dialogue on Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality to have an enhanced understanding on these imperatives, on 18 December 2019, at the UNESCO Office, in New Delhi. The event aimed to weave together various strands of positive masculinities promoted by stakeholders into one unifying narrative that contributes to meetings India's national goals and the 2030. The dialogue witnessed participation from a diverse set of stakeholder ranging from civil society organisations, donor agencies, bi-lateral and multilateral organisations, government departments, research institutions, media and private sector. Centre for Social Research's work on Gender Equality was also recognised at the event.

The German Delegation
A Delegation from the German Parliament visited Centre for Social Research on 13th September, 2019. The Delegation invited a discussion on women's rights and human rights and led to an open discussion with our training program students and other local NGO members who were invited to attend the delegation. Three of our excellent trainees from the Office Assistant Program gave a presentation to elaborate on the work we have been doing in Skills Training for women empowerment.

The US Embassy
On the 9th of September, 2019 CSR and the US Embassy hosted a round table discussion on best practices of gender in workplace and addressing sexual harassment. Merri Hanson, director of Peninsula Mediation & ADR was invited to talk on "Creating Respectful Workplaces for Women." While Ms. Hanson elaborated on the root causes of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the Workplace, the team at CSR prepared a presnetation on our participation in ICC committees and the legal rights of the harassed. The discussion was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge about theWest and Indian context.

The Chinese Delegation
Centre for Social Research hosted the Chinese Ambassador's Wife, Dr. Bao on 27th September, 2019. Dr. Bao was familiar with our work and reached out to us for contributing towards women's empowerment and establishing a gender-just society. Team members from various programs gave small presentations and had an enriching discussion about gender issues and strengthening the relationship between India and China.

Empowering Women to take Centre stage in politics

With women constituting 49% of the total population in India, the Women's Reservation Bill (WRB) proposes to reserve a minimum of 33% representation for women in Parliament and in the State Legislatures. CSR, in partnership with Commonwealth Foundation has been leading the way with multilayered advocacy for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill.


The Centre for Social Research thanks its partners for supporting our work for women's empowerment and ending discrimination. None of our achievements this year would be possible without this commitment. We've covered these activities throughout the annual report, but we'd like to take a special moment here to say thank you and to highlight these important partnerships and to highlight these important partnerships.

Improving Urban Safety for Women

We organised a National Conference on "Safety for She: Building Equitable Urban Spaces" in partnership with the Asia Foundation, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Saftipin in November this year.

The conference was the culmination of the project on improving urban safety of women with our partners and saw the presence of who's who from the industry involved in building safer urban spaces, from the likes of Smart City leaders of KPMG to the social media jounalists.

Gender Training Institute

What did Police officers say on completing the training?
Gwalior - The participating police officials told the CSR team that they have started to think about women's restricted mobility in public spaces, in a completely new light as a result of the training. They were empathizing with the many challenges that women face while accessing public spaces.

Jodhpur - The police officials reported the inherent flaws in gender perceptions that impact women's mobility, giving men the agency to control how and when women use public spaces.

Social Media for Social Change 

In the last few years, with the advancement in technology, CSR has also taken a lot of activism online, these past few years. With our regular posts - texts, images, videos, we intend to create maximum awareness amongst our followers on our feminist causes. The virtual world is a powerful platform, where, people who want to raise social issues, can make their voices heard. Social media has successfully enabled unprecedented collaboration and information-sharing in real time.

“Conscientious use of social media for social change”

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