Harish Sadani is a co-founder and Chief Functionary of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), India’s first organization of sensitive men working since 1993 to stop and prevent gender-based violence on women (much before international bodies talked about male-engagement to address gender). Harish has done his Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has been engaging and mentoring thousands of adolescent boys and young men across India to address issues on healthy relationships, masculinity and sexuality-related matters, using out-of-the-box methods. Currently, he is also a Consultant to Corporates, Universities and NGOs on anti-sexual harassment at workplace and other gender matters.
Harish’s past experience in developmental sector includes managing the Corporate Social Responsibility of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited, working in leading voluntary organizations Child Rights & You – CRY and Blind Men’s Association – BMA.
Harish is a TEDx Speaker and has been invited by national and international bodies like UN Women and UNFPA to share insights and build capacities of various stakeholders on addressing issues of gender-based violence against women.
In recognition of his pioneering work, Harish has received Ashoka Changemakers Prize, Maharashtra Foundation Award, Sandvik India Gender Diversity Award amongst other prestigious awards.