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The initiative

Established with a view of ‘taking women to the core of the transformation of society,’ this initiative aims to create an exclusive woman-to-woman network across the length and breadth of Maharashtra.

Conceived and initiated by the Sakal Media Group, the Tanishka network aims to
  • bring women to the forefront of change by organizing them into groups across the state by forming Tanishka Forum
  • provide an opportunity to take care of the well-being of their own community by forming Tanishka Volunteer Network
Tanishka Forum

Having started with 1,500 members, the Tanishka Forum has crossed 45,000 members in less than 6 months and is growing every day. There are villages across the state that are in fact 100% Tanishka villages – with members from every family within the village.

Facilitated in its early stages by the 1,700 strong-network of Sakal reporters, the Tanishka forum has had a tremendous impact on the local-level development issues. The strength of the network is showcased through each one of the 1,400 success stories experienced in this short span – successes in bringing water to the village or enabling women to now be rightful owners of land in their villages or bringing health care services to areas that have never seen doctors and many more so

Key features of Tanishka Forum

  • Grassroots network
  • Spread across each and every district (35) in Maharashtra with representation from every Taluka
  • Currently 45000 members and growing
  • Diverse and inclusive
  • Represents minorities, backwards and tribal communities
  • Represents urban and rural communities
  • Operates through groups of 20 members called ‘Forums’
  • 24/7 communication backbone provided by SAKAL through a dedicated call center
  • Phenomenal success stories of grass roots level transformations

Tanishka Volunteers

Launched on November 4, 2013 as part of the larger Tanishka Women’s Dignity Forum, Tanishka Volunteers are also women who are keen on ensuring the well-being of their own communities. Like mothers looking out for the well-being of their families, Tanishka volunteers strive for the well-being of the larger family of Maharashtra. These women are the ‘eyes and ears’ for their own communities; they stay in touch with families within their communities and ensure that the concerns of their communities are considered and well-represented in the overall development of the state.

Key features of Tanishka Volunteers
  • Established a network of more than 30,000 in less than 2 months
  • Achieved representation from all districts and talukas
  • Each Tanishka Volunteer would be in touch with ~ 10 families, overall reach of Tanishka Volunteers is already at 1.2m
  • Will be a part of the well-wisher group working closely with Maharashtra Government

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