Program Partners

The Parivartan program is an initiative with five core partners. Futures Without Violence worked extensively with these groups over the past four years. A short description of each organization is below.

The Nike Foundation is the principle funder of the Parivartan implementation and evaluation in India. Grounded in the belief that empowering adolescent girls can alleviate poverty around the world, the Nike Foundation is committed to investing in the health and safety of girls worldwide.

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 chief of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Trained in medical anthropology as well as internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Miller’s research has included examination of sex trafficking among adolescents in Asia, teen dating abuse, and reproductive health, with a focus on underserved youth populations including pregnant and parenting teens; and foster, homeless, and gang-affiliated youth. Her current research focuses on the impact of gender-based violence on young women’s reproductive health.

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.