Pratisandhi

Enabling Youth To Make Informed Decisions

Our Story

While on an exchange program at the age of 17 years, our founder Niyati Sharma recognized the absence of sexuality education in public spaces for Indian teenagers and young adults.
With support from her parents, a few friends, and a passion to resist stigma, she set up an online platform where young Indians could talk unabashedly about their sexual well-being without the fear of “log kya kahenge?”

This little digital space set up in March 2017 would become the beginning of a flourishing nonprofit organisation fully driven for and by the youth. A space where moral policing has no room in the face of holistic education.
Today, Pratisandhi is 100+ members stong with the support of national and international partners.
We support India in making informed decisions and reclaiming agency of their sexual and reproductive health!

What's In A Name?

We are often asked, “Why Pratisandhi?”

Sexuality education can often seem like a concept distant from Indian traditions and values. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Pratisandhi is an ode to the rich history of Indian culture and the place that positive sexuality holds with it. “Pratisandhi” (sanskrit) represents the transition between two periods – from childhood to adulthood.
It also represents resistance or a disconnection – from stigma, from taboo, and all the things that hold us back from embracing our sexual identities.
Pratisandhi represents a turbulent time of rebellion, change, and growth.

Core Values

Youth Leadership

As an organization serving the youth we believe in the voice of young people as equal stakeholders, leaders, and
change agents.

Integrity

On our journey, we prioritize the importance of un-learning together. We are committed to
building the best possible programs that serve the needs of our communities.

Growth

At Pratisandhi, we value growing together. We believe in creating opportunities and spaces that encourage a growth-mindset and positive change for our whole team.

Education

Education is a fundamental tenet of our work. We want to remove barriers that prevent access sexual health and wellness starting with awareness

The Forces Behind Pratisandhi

Niyati Sharma
Founder and Executive Director

Akul Hallan
Administrative Manager

Avni Gupta
Content Strategy and Marketing Head

Sonal Beniwal
Head of Public Relations and Operations

Anandi Sen
Public Relations Associate

Kavya Bansal
Social Media Associate

Akankshya Narayan
Editor-in-Chief

Avni Sood
Peer Education and Awareness Associate

Muskan Jain
Associate Head of Peer Education

Priyanshi Chawla
People and Culture Associate

Ishita Gupta
Program Manager

Ishita Mahajan
Associate Head of Analytics