Established in 2009 this is an NGO that promotes equal rights of marginalised groups, especially women and girls, to lead a violence-free life, develop their capabilities, have ownership and control of resources and participate and be included in decision making. CEQUIN works across a wide spectrum of areas affecting women and girls such as violence, leadership, economic empowerment and health and wellbeing.
One of CEQUIN’s key interventions along the way was setting up a Gender Resource Centre (GRC) in Jamia Nagar, which was a neglected urban slum area. Since this time, CEQUIN has made huge inroads in Jamia, working with this vulnerable minority community by way of establishing collectives, conducting training programmes, health camps, awareness programmes and so on. Today, the people of Jamia Nagar are well on their way towards becoming a gender sensitive, empowered community. CEQUIN is now looking to replicate a similar model in Mewat, Haryana by adapting it to a rural context.
Another significant step taken by CEQUIN is using sports, namely football, as a tool of empowerment and leadership building and to help increase health and fitness, create group bonds and dynamics and provide a safe space for girls to develop.
Since its humble beginnings, CEQUIN has not looked back and keeps growing from strength to strength and expanding into new and exciting areas in the field of women’s rights
“ Creating sustainable livelihoods opportunities for women is a constant challenge that we deal with. Partnership with CSSG provides CEQUIN with a great opportunity to explore exciting new career prospectives for young women from underprivileged backgrounds. It is hoped that with the new skill sets that they acquire, they will be able to seek employment in well paid jobs, enabling them to bring themselves as well as their families out of poverty ”.
– Sara Pilot, Director, Cequin