The day Woman can walk freely on roads at night, the day we can say that India has achieved Independence.

M.K. Gandhi

The Trigger

The incident that shattered many of us is the police brutality to a 14 year tribal girl in Biramitrapur, Sundargarh, Odisha was raped for days in police station and by policemen, illegally aborted in June 2020 during COVI-19 lockdown. While Odisha is one of the poorest states in India, however its national ranking on crime against women is on top tenth.

Odisha tops third in country for crime against women as per NCRB 2022 report : Cases of cruelty by husband or his relatives shot up 33.62% in the second successive year of rising domestic violence cases amid a lockdown with 293 dowry deaths. Conviction rate as low as 8.3% compared to national average of 26.6%.

We are essentially trying to bring women’s intimate issues at the heart of political discourse as opposed to the welfare and financial incentives led politics that collectivises women in Odisha today.


‘Safe Odisha for Her’ is a platform for young women & those identifying as gender fluid aspiring to occupy political & public participation spaces who are college/university going people from marginalized caste, class, ethnicity, disability groups to build capabilities of working at Gram panchayat/ ward level in addressing gender based violence through community projects and getting ready to contest Panchayat election.


Creating a pool of 7500 women leaders across Odisha representing all G.P/Ward in Odisha in 2023

Getting them trained to design and implement community projects to address/prevent/reduce gender based violence at village level

Building financial and political capacity of fellows

Our Team




Advisor and Local Outreach Partner

Sameet Panda

RtF Odisha

Nayana Nayak

DrAmbedkar Mahila Maha Sangha

Meghana Sahoo

Transgender Activist

Celebrity Ambassador

Rhea Resam Bari

Model and Actress

Our Partners
Youth Ki Awaaz Indian School of Democracy The Nazareth Foundation Vasavya Mahila Mandali CORO India