CEQUIN expands outreach to 1.5 lakh marginalised women and girls

2019 was a milestone year for the NGO as they celebrated their 10-year journey, both in terms of both the depth of impact as well as expanding outreach

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 15, 2020 4:49 PM

CEQUIN is an NGO that promotes gender equity and empowerment of marginalized women and girls, enabling them to lead a life of dignity, exercise their choices and develop their capacities. It was established in 2009 by Sara Abdulla Pilot and Lora Prabhu. With a geographical reach that spans Delhi, Haryana, and small parts of Rajasthan and UP, the NGO had an outreach of 1.5 lakh last year.

Under their 4 flagship programmes: -

  • 24,374 girls were as part of Kick Start Equality(Football for Girls Leadership)
  • 45,122 men and boys were reached as part of Mardo Wali Baat(Engaging men and boys)
  • 34,138 women and girls were impacted through Badhte Kadam (Livelihoods for women)
  • 33,657 women and girls were reached through Gender Resource Centres (Community resources for women)

2019 was a milestone year for the NGO as they celebrated their 10-year journey, both in terms of both the depth of impact as well as expanding outreach.

  • They participated in various global campaigns like 16 days of activism, One Billion Rising, Women’s Day celebration, International Day of the Girl Child and mobilized the community, local leaders and stakeholders like the RWA and police in various public hearing and rallies against critical issues of gender-based violence.
  • They collaborated with various educational institutions and universities, 47 students were part of the internship programme and gender sensitization and leadership workshops.
  • They have created a substantial pool of qualified football trainers, 7 of whom have acquired a D-Licence. CEQUIN girls’ team has played at several tournaments, and a few have been selected for state and national level teams. One of the girls scouted by us in partnership with Aston Villa Club, Aveka Singh is now the vice-captain of the U-17 Indian Women’s team and has been awarded the young player of the year by Football Delhi.
  • They organised girl’s tournaments and leagues, including the first U-13 Delhi School Girls’ Football League in partnership with Football Delhi State Association and Delhi Dynamos Football Club, with a record participation of 384 girls. To create a sustainable model, they have started the Girls Grassroots Football League in Jamia ground with the participation of local community girls’ team.
  • They conducted a series of employability skill training with 4000 girls in government colleges and technical institutions across 11 districts of Haryana. Of these 654 girls were successfully placed in jobs.
  • They built capacities of Mahila Panchayat (community-based women’s groups) through training on laws pertaining to human rights and women’s rights. Mahila Panchayat received 93 cases of gender-based violence out of which 53 cases were handled successfully by them.
  • 45 villages in Mewat were mapped to identify drop out girls and 58 girls were linked to NIOS open schooling in both Delhi and Mewat.
  • They conducted a baseline survey with 300 households to understand the socioeconomic situation faced by women and girls in Rozka village, Mewat.
  • They were instrumental in setting up the National Alliance for Women’s Football in India in 2018, and through its effective advocacy through 2019, India won the bid for hosting the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup 2020.
  • CEQUIN was part of the Indian Delegation at 69th FIFA Congress at FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris.
  • CEQUIN was awarded by FICCI at GOALS 2019 and received the Best NGO in Football development Award from Football Delhi.


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