Manavi is a New Jersey-based women's
rights organization committed to ending all forms of violence
and exploitation against South Asian women living in the US.
Established in 1985, Manavi, which
means "primal woman" in Sanskrit, was the first
organization of its kind in the US to specifically address
the unmet needs of South Asian women victims of violence.
Manavi's programs involve direct service provisions for women
survivors of violence, grassroots organization for social
change within the community, and informing mainstream institutions
and organizations in the US about how to better serve South
Asian women. Through its work, Manavi ensures that women of
South Asian descent in the US can exercise their fundamental
right to live a life of dignity that is safe and free from
Manavi Philosophy- Our Guiding
Our underlying principles:
- Manavi believes in woman-centric
advocacy: central to our work are woman experiencing violence.
Through the past twenty-five years, Manavi's strategies
and programs have been determined by the unmet and changing
needs of South Asian women.
- Manavi recognizes that any
woman could be a victim of abuse. Therefore, Manavi encourages
advocates to challenge their own biases and be aware of
the dynamics between the survivor and the advocate.
- Manavi is a secular organization.
We provide services equally to all women and do
not discriminate based on class, culture, nationality,
religion, or sexuality.
- At Manavi, we take confidentiality
extremely seriously. We respect the need/ preference of
survivors who may not wish to disclose their identity. Maintaining
anonimity is paramount in our work.