Adolescent Girls

India has 120 million adolescent girls, accounting for nearly 10% of its population. Despite their numbers, girls in India are a largely invisible population. Prevailing socio-cultural customs and norms leave them powerless to decide and build their future. Within this context, Dasra is working towards creating an environment in which girls are safe, seen and celebrated, creating a catalytic change leading to healthier and more prosperous families, communities and societies.


Learn about causes that deserve urgent attention in India and leading social organizations spearheading transformation on the ground.


Gain perspective on emerging discussions shaping the development landscape in India.
  • Engaging Men and Boys in Women's Development

    As of 2014, on an average, 92 women were raped every day in India. Rigid gender norms and stereotypes reinforced over generations in a largely...

  • Enhancing School Sanitation

    A lack of toilets in India’s public spaces, especially in schools, is disproportionately impacting the lives of adolescent girls – negatively...

  • Impact At Scale

    India is home to the largest number of illiterate women in the world (over 200 million), and over 3.7 million girls out of school. Estimates show...

  • Grantmaking with a Gender Lens

    Girls are 6 times less likely to get married as children if they have access to secondary schooling. Additionally, if India enrolled 1% more girls...