Vacha Charitable Trust
Vacha has been inspired by the women’s movement. Starting as library and cultural center for women in 1987, it was established as Charitable Trust in 1990. From 1995 Vacha has strategically focused on adolescent girls. Vacha believes, its work is constructive and preventive to challenge low status of women. They engage with marginalized girls and boys in the second decade. Their work with girls includes coordinating 'learning community’. Vacha is active on issues related to gender and human rights through campaigns; and publishes materials for and about adolescent girls. It organizes seminars to address issues of girls and girlhoods in India.
Participant Profile: Medhavinee Namjoshi (Executive Director)
Medhavinee is Executive Director of Vacha Charitable Trust. She has 18 years of experience of working with adolescents and young people from diverse backgrounds such as tribal, rural, institutionalized and urban poor. She is an advocate of child and girls Rights and has published articles on issues concerning children. She has presented papers at Seminars including the IAWS- Indian Association of Women's Studies Conference and internationally at the 9th world Congress of the International Association of Adolescent Health in Malaysia and at the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive Sexual Health and Rights in Indonesia.