Program Partners

Futures Without Violence partnered with the following groups for the initial launch of Parivartan:

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a research institute whose work has informed global development policy since 1976. Working to improve the lives of women and girls globally, ICRW is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Nairobi, Kenya and New Delhi, India.  Our principal partner in the initiative, ICRW helped reveal existing attitudes and behaviors among coaches and players about violent behavior, and worked with our partners on the ground in Mumbai to implement and evaluate the Parivartan program.

Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, is the director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and maintains an active research program focused on reducing gender-based violence to improve adolescent health with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC, Office on Women’s Health, and foundations.

Examples of research include a cluster-randomized, controlled trial of a gender-based violence-prevention program, funded by the CDC, which involves training coaches to encourage their middle-school male athletes to recognize and stop disrespectful and harmful behaviors toward girls. Another CDC-funded study involves testing a gender transformative program (addressing healthy masculinity and sexuality) among African American males ages 13–19 in 20 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Another cluster-randomized, controlled trial is testing a brief sexual assault intervention (NIAAA R01) at student health centers on 28 college campuses.

Miller also serves as research consultant to Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit organization providing resources to health care providers in their efforts to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Project Connect, anational training project funded by the Office on Women’s Health, involves work with states and tribal organizations on the integration of partner-violence prevention and intervention into public health programs, specifically reproductive health, adolescent health, and maternal child health programs. Miller has served as the evaluator for this project as well as a similar project located in community health centers in California, funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Founded in 1972, Apnalaya works to improve the lives of children living in the slum communities of Mumbai through urban community development projects. We partnered with Apnalaya to recruit young boys to participate in informal cricket leagues in the “Community Track” of the Parivartan program.

The Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA) organizes sports teams and hosts tournaments for schools throughout Mumbai. We partnered with MSSA to implement Parivartan with cricket coaches and their athletes in over 25 schools.

Breakthrough is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media and pop culture to inspire social change. Based in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice. We partnered with Breakthrough to develop the public education components of Parivartan.