Harish Sadani

Co-founder and Chief Functionary of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)

Harish Sadani has been passionately running multi-sector developmental programs on gender and health, for over 26 years. He is a co-founder and Chief Functionary of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), India’s first organization of sensitive and concerned men working since 1993 to stop and prevent gender-based violence on women. Harish has done his Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has been engaging and mentoring thousands of adolescent boys and young men across Maharashtra state to communicate with peers on healthy relationships, masculinity and sexuality-related matters, using out-of-the-box methods. Currently, he is also a Consultant and Trainer to Corporates, Universities and NGOs across India on anti-sexual harassment at workplace and other gender matters. In recognition of his pioneering and significant work in India on gender and masculinity, Harish has been awarded with the Ashoka Changemakers’ Award (US), Maharashtra Foundation Award (US), the Muktaa Sanman Award by IBN Lokmat news-channel of CNN India and the Gender Diversity Award by Sandvik Asia Private Limited. The impact of his notable work on gender and masculinity among young men in India has been documented by Harvard University South Asia Institute and Tata Trusts. Harish has been invited by national and international bodies like UN Women and UNFPA to share insights and build capacities of various stakeholders on addressing issues of gender-based violence against women.