WHAT MAKES ECF UNIQUE?
ECF’s inclusion of boys and men as part of the solution is surprisingly uncommon. At the start of Project Raise, ECF found that fewer than 5% of organisations in India working on gender equity had strategy or programs focused specifically on educating or engaging boys.
“A lot of work is happening across India and the world that is based on supporting women and fighting discrimination against them. That work is absolutely important. But what is happening is that we are not investing in the root cause behind this discrimination. And one of the root causes is the attitude of many men and boys towards women. This is the gap that we are trying to fill,” explains ECF co-founder Rujuta Teredesai
ECF works to address this gap not only within their own communities, but across the entire country. Their collaborative programs and emphasis on sharing with other CSOs is a unique approach in the NGO-world, where too often scarce resources mean that organizations feel in competition with each other or territorial about their work. ECF wholeheartedly shares their findings, resources, trainings, and even funding sources, because they know that collaboration is the best way to scale up their work and to enact sustainable, widespread change.