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Our Vision

An ideal of a world where there is gender equality, where both women and men can develop their full potential, and where gender relations are based on respect, nurturing and peace.

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Our Goal

The empowerment of women and girls to enable them to lead a life of dignity, exercise their choices and develop their capacities

Our Story

Established in 2009, by Sara Abdullah Pilot and Lora Prabhu, the Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN) is an NGO that promotes the equal right of 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 is an autonomous centre under the umbrella organisation of the Jai Jawan Jai Kissan Trust, which was founded by the noted parliamentarian and national leader, late Shri Rajesh Pilot in 1988.

CEQUIN works across a wide spectrum of areas affecting women and girls such as violence, leadership, education, economic empowerment and health. 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, especially the women, 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 also looking to expand its efforts to Mewat, Haryana and replicate a similar model 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.

SARA PILOT

Chairperson

LORA PRABHU

Director

BENCY ISSAC

Admin & Finance Manager

UDIKSHA BATRA

Programme Manager (Advocacy & Communications)

NASEEM KHAN

Programme Manager (Implementation & Monitoring)

HEAD OFFICE

PRIYANKA SINHA

Asst Admin & Finance officer

RAVI CHAUHAN

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SATBIR SINGH

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SIDDHI MISHRA

Asst Prog Officer-Communications

SUSHANTA DHAL

Admin Assistant

JAMIA OFFICE

DOLLY VERMA

Vocational Trainer

MOHD AMIN

Project Officer

NIGAR ANSARI

Collective Coordinator

RAHAT PARVEEN

Project Officer

RUKHSANA KHAN

Vocational Trainer

SHANE ZEHRA

Office Assistant

SWATI SINGH

Training Officer

ZEBA KAZMI

Project Officer

ZULFIA MASOOD

Associate Admin Officer

MEWAT OFFICE

IRSHAD KHAN

Office Assistant

MOHD YUNUS

Project Assistant cum Mobiliser

SAMEEM AHMED

Project Coordinator

FUNDERS

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CEQUIN partnered with UNFPA for the project on ‘Empowerment of Adolescent Girls in Mewat,’ linking it to football for girls initiative.

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CEQUIN partnered with UNDP for the project on ‘Youth Engagement and Career
Counseling – Project Disha,’ which focused on leadership & skill development.

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CEQUIN partnered with Australian Government’s ‘Direct Aid Program’ for the project on ‘E4 – Engage, Engender, Educate, Empower’ which focused around the education of drop-out students and non-formal education classes.

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CEQUIN partnered with DSP BlackRock to start its ‘Mardo Wai Baat’ campaign bringing  in the need to sensitise men and boys

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CEQUIN partnered with Master Chao Kok Sui Trust (MCKS) to promote empowerment &  leadership through sports especially football both in Delhi & Mewat, Haryana.

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CEQUIN partnered with ‘Mission Convergence,’ Government of NCT Delhi to promote  women’s empowerment through the Stri Shakti Kendras (Gender Resource Resource).

PARTNERS

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Thank you once again for hosting President Sullivan at CEQUIN. She truly enjoyed seeing everyone and had a marvelous time. We are all very impressed with the work you do.

-Meggie Chopade, Associate DirectorUVa Clubs and Global Engagement University of Virginia Advancement

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CEQUIN has strived hard to make its place in Mewat by conducting a study of the literacy culture present in this rural district of Haryana. Their outreach to all the schools, interventions in the KGBVs and communities in Mewat is building towards a better future for the women and girls who have for so long been subordinated; while also giving them an opportunity to open up, discover and explore more about themselves.

-Gianwati, DPC (Retired) District Commissioner's Office

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The football initiative by CEQUIN is really fantastic, as it is important for girls to be engaged in sports along with education so as to help improve their lives. This initiative by CEQUIN has motivated us to organise such football events in the schools, so that practice of football and sports is retained and there is continuity in the schools. Besides this, we will also now make an effort to improve the quality of education in schools by adding computer labs, digital library, etc in the KGBVs as well as the other schools in Mewat.

Ashok Kumar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Nuh

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“The Australian Government has long valued the transformative power of education and its impact on personal and professional development; in particular, the role of technology to improve access and the quality of training. We wish CEQUIN all the best and applaud their ongoing commitment to the empowerment of women and girls in India.”

Chris Elstoft, Deputy High Commissioner of the Australian High Commission

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CEQUIN through its approach of involvement of men and boys in the struggle of a gender just society has always managed to incorporate innovative means in order to create a resonance around the pressing issue of gender based violence. With a team of dedicated individuals and passionate activists, it has always demonstrated a ‘never give up’ attitude for realisation of its goals of an inclusive, peaceful and a violence-free society. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.

Ahmad Faraz, Coordinator MenEngage Delhi & Programme Officer Centre for Health and Social Justice

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you at CEQUIN for being so supportive and helpful. The session was thoroughly enjoyed by the girls and by the IMB team and we are definitely hoping to interact more with the girls and coaches in the near future….watching CEQUIN girls do so much on their own was truly inspiring for our girls. Some of the stories that were shared about girls at CEQUIN who come from similar situations served as examples of just how much they have managed to achieve. The session touched so many girls emotionally that we also saw some tears at the end of the session when it was time for the CEQUIN team to leave. The girls shared with us eventually that they enjoyed this session more than any other session that they attended! Congratulations to you and your team!

Trisha Rai, Programme Associate, CREA

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I joined CEQUIN’s ‘Kickstart Equality’ Football programme at 13 years of age. I was a shy girl with no confidence. Through my continuous engagement with CEQUIN I grew as a person. I participated in leadership summits organised by international organisations, Premier Skills coaching courses and even got my D-License. I play football professionally for Eves Soccer Club, Delhi and am a coach at Hindustan Football Academy, The British School, Delhi and at CEQUIN. I have started my own NGO ‘Fairy Fari Foundation’. Today at 20 years of age I am a different person. I am motivated, ambitious and confident. Nothing can stop me from achieving my dreams. I have found my voice.

Anne Aiza Khan, Footballer, Peer Coach and Volunteer CEQUIN

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The Australian High Commission is proud to have supported the work of CEQUIN in promoting women and girls’ empowerment since 2014. In 2016-17, the Australian High Commission through its Direct Aid Program (DAP) supported CEQUIN to develop software that will improve access for students in Years 10-12 with limited internet access to online educational resources. CEQUIN is a vibrant, active and dynamic organisation that continues to set the standard for gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives. Their staff is committed to their objectives and demonstrates innovation and inclusion which is the key to their success. Accountability, transparency and communication are also fundamental when working in an environment as complex as India. The programmes and projects undertaken by CEQUIN with the support of the Australian High Commission endeavour to incorporate these principles. For the Australian High Commission, working with CEQUIN has been one of our most rewarding partnerships. We look forward to future collaborations that can support the empowerment of women and girls across India.

-Simon O’Connor, Chair of DAP Committee, Australian High Commission