Nirantar works towards enabling empowering education, especially for girls and women from marginalised communities. They seek to promote transformatory formal and non-formal learning processes which enable the marginalised to better understand and address their realities. Our focus on gender interlinks strongly with other social dimensions, in particular those of caste, sexuality and religion. Nirantar promotes access to information, literacy, and perspective and skill building through interactive trainings and educational resources that are simple but not simplistic. Nirantar also works at the community level and undertakes research and advocacy, particularly on critical issues which need greater attention from the State as well as civil society. The work is strongly rooted in lives of rural women. Developing feminist leadership at the community level is an important part of the mandate.
Nirantar has been actively involved with the women's movement and other democratic rights movements since its inception in 1993. They bring a feminist perspective and concerns central to these movements into all areas of work.
Nirantar's work in education involves both non-formal, structured learning processes as well as formal education, such as school and higher education. Nirantar began with a focus on adult rural women; today, they also work towards enabling empowering education for young people. The organization's work has a focus on understanding and addressing marginalisation based on dimensions of gender, caste, religion, class, sexuality, dis/ability and their inter-connections. Questioning 'why', to build a critical understanding of existing realities in order to move towards greater equity and justice, is at the core of their work, be it in their trainings or in their educational material. In all the organization's areas of work, including research and advocacy, Nirantar seeks to push boundaries and explore significant areas of gender justice.See more