Aks Foundation is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 (Central) and under the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act 1950. Aks Foundation is a Pune centric organization working in the area of gender based violence, primarily domestic violence and sexual assault. It provides support to victims of abuse and violence in order to empower them to become survivors.
On 15 August 2013, Aks Foundation launched 24 hour crisis lines for victims of abuse and violence. We are proud to announce that in the first year of the launch itself Aks Foundation has provided meaningful assistance in over 80 cases of violence and abuse from all over the country.
Aks Foundation also conducts programs, talks and educational workshops to bring about greater awareness of the grave issues related to gender based discrimination and abuse and has been instrumental in raising a voice against the social evil of violence against women and children.
Donations qualify for deduction U/S 80G(5) (vi) of IT Act1961: Vide Commissioner of IT (Exemptions) Order No : PN/CIT(EXEMPT)/TECH/80G/01/2017-18/330 Dated 11/04/17.
Aks Foundation endeavors to provide compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by gender based violence (domestic violence, sexual abuse and harassment) while partnering with the community to promote safety, awareness and prevention.
Aks philosophy is simple and can be explained in a 3 step process-
Aks started in 2008 as the brain child of Barkha Bajaj, a double Masters in Psychology who is passionate about making a change in India, a country considered the 2nd worst country for safety of its women. Aks Counseling and Training Agency was established in 2008 and initially commenced working with issues related to gender and gender based violence in a small way. The focus was to work with various sections of the community and spread awareness and provide counseling services for victims of abuse.
Aks Foundation started systematic training for volunteers in early 2014 and has seen its volunteer strength grow from 4 to 20. We continue to train volunteers and hope to have more than 2 staff members in the near future.
To empower victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse become survivors and lead a life of dignity.
A society based on gender equality where violence is not the norm and all people can lead a life free of abuse.
To set up a shelter for victims who do not have anywhere to go till they can be rehabilitated to join the mainstream and sustain themselves.
Aks aims to bring about positive change in society through the triple As:
Awareness, Advocacy, and Action