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Ashif Shaikh

Ashif Shaikh is co-founder Jan Sahas. He has 24-years’ experience on working for safe migration, worker protection, eradication of manual scavenging and forced labour practices and support to survivors violence against women. Ashif is leading the Migrant Resilience Collaborative (MRC) which works with 3.2 million migrant households across 98 districts of 13 states of India. Jan Sahas has rehabilitated 66,000 people from manual scavenging and other forms of forced labour and supported 28,000 survivors of rape and sexual violence. Ashif is part of various committees of NITI Aayog, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and other ministries of Government of India, and has received various national and international awards and fellowships including the Schwab Foundation Social Innovator Award 2020, Ashoka Fellowship, Times of India Social Impact Award and Star Impact Award by Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States. He is on the boards of multiple national and international CSOs and networks.

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Jan Sahas Social Development Society

Jan Sagas is a social enterprise born in 2000 committed to ensuring dignity and equality for all. It works with the most vulnerable and excluded communities to end sexual violence against women and children, eradicate manual scavenging, prevent forced labour, and support survivors, migrant workers, and their communities to access justice, social and economic empowerment. Partnering with community-based organizations, philanthropies, and governments, today Jan Sahas works intensively in 62 districts across 9 states of India with a team of 900+ professionals and field staff, and 7000+ community-based volunteers. It leverages technology tools to mitigate socio-economic impact as well as to accelerate efforts to ensure that migrant workers and other social groups are supported through real-time interventions. Its latest initiative, Migrants Resilience Collaborative (MRC), is a grassroots-led multi-stakeholder collaborative of non-profit, philanthropic, and private sector actors focused on ensuring safety, security, and mobility for vulnerable migrant families across India. The Collaborative will be India's largest grassroots-led collaborative, and largest non-governmental initiative dedicated to migrant workers and their families. Its strategy spans over a 5-year plan and 100 key districts and cities.


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