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Ashif Shaikh

Ashif Shaikh, co-founder of Jan Sahas, is a human rights activist who has pledged his life to eliminate slavery and end violence based on caste and gender, including caste-based commercial sexual exploitation, manual scavenging and forced labour, as well as to support victims to access justice and social protection. He is also the founder of Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan (National Campaign for Dignity), which since 2018 has mobilized 10 million citizens on the issue of sexual violence against women and children. reunited over one million people. Jan Sahas and Ashif were instrumental to the formation of the Lawyers Initiative Forum, which is a unique platform established by practicing lawyers who come from socially excluded communities. Under Ashif’s leadership, Jan Sahas has supported more two million women and girls and over one million migrant families from the most vulnerable communities. Jan Sahas was born in 2000 with 12 volunteers and today has a team of 800 members and 6,800 volunteers based in 14,000 villages across India. Ashif has been distinguished with various national and international awards and fellowships including Ashoka Fellowship, Times of India Social Impact Award, Star Impact Award by President Bill Clinton and M.A. Thomas National Human Right Award. He serves in the board of multiple national and international social organizations. Ashif has studies in Political Science from Vikram University, Ujjain.