What we do

CWF uses education, sensitization campaigns, sports, & skill development programs as a vehicle for combating violence against women & transgender individuals.

Established in May 2011, Civilian Welfare Foundation is a research-based youth organization. We are a non-profit, non-government organization which works for the empowerment of the marginalized sections of the society & enables them in finding their identity. Founded by a few like minded motivated individuals in their mid-20s, CWF is a non-hierarchical organization. The focus of our work is to integrate different social issues like disability rights, LGBTIQ rights, healthcare & sports, and child rights, and to adopt an inclusive approach towards equity & equality. CWF is not just an organization but more of a belief, an ideology where we believe that it is our responsibility to contribute & give back to the society in whichever way we can. In this rollercoaster journey of almost a decade we have faced many a hurdle, however the undying and unflinching spirit of our family remains unscathed because of which we have managed to get much done even without much resources.

Our Approach

Disability

CWF is the only organization in India which brought Paralympics to Indian television for the first time in 40 years. We have been instrumental in setting up of the National Para-triathlon Federation. We were also the organizers of the first Tri Nation Wheelchair Cricket Tournament in eastern India. Sports we feel is a means by which confidence & self-belief can be instilled in people hence we conduct psychological empowerment & inclusion workshops for persons with disabilities using sports as a model with a special focus on women with disabilities. Through an extensive outreach program, we have been able to run our “Adopt a Para-athlete” program successfully for many years now, where we are able to provide these athletes with proper nutrition, training kit & coaching. Through our desktop calendar called Verve we were able to feature some of our most talented regional Paralympians to the country who despite winning so many medals and accolades for the nation, still remain undeservedly unknown to most of the nation and the world.

Gender

While working on gender rights we have done an extensive research where we have highlighted how a fundamental right like basic healthcare has been denied to Transgender people in India. We have made a documentary based on our research which got extensive media attention as it was the first of its kind in the country in collaboration with United Nations Global Youth Empowerment. We have also worked on a research on the scaling of Transphobia among doctors in India along with the University of California, Stony Brook & Stanford, USA. Our efforts have always been to empower people & hence CWF has extensively worked on skill development for Transgender individuals which thereby can create a means of livelihood for them. Right to healthcare, we feel, is a fundamental right & hence we conduct inclusive healthcare check up camps where free health check-ups are given to all individuals irrespective of their gender. Our annual gender sensitization program is called “Call Against Patriarchy” where we try & sensitize the masses on what is patriarchy, gender & sexuality.

Education

We have successfully been running an alternative education session for Pyarabagan slum children, child labourers & school dropouts. Our focus area has been to socially sensitize these children through an open movie screening as well as Menstruation workshop. Every year we conduct an annual interactive event with slum children & govt schools around Pyarabagan. To understand the malaise of child labour & what has been the role of our society in the lives of our slum children, we have also made a documentary on it in association with CRY.

Some of the work that we are most proud of in the last 9 years are:

  1. Broadcasting of Paralympic games from Rio Paralympics 2016 for the first time in 4 decades in Indian Television
  2. Organising and establishing National Para-triathlon Federation
  3. First Tri Nation Wheelchair Cricket in Eastern India
  4. Organising World’s only Walk for Paralympics continuously for last 8 years
  5. Individual adoption of 32 para-athletes
  6. Advocating National Policy for Systematic Sports for People with disabilities
  7. Introduction of alternative makeshift schools for 75 child labourers and dropouts in Kolkata’s 2nd largest slum Pyarabagan
  8. India’s first research on Transgender Basic Healthcare
  9. Improved accessibility for People with disability in Durga Puja
  10. Documentary on basic Healthcare access for at-risk population
  11. Blind athletics Team sponsorship For Nationals
  12. Amphan & Covid related relief work including running community kitchens across 6 districts of West Bengal where we were able to provide food & sanitary pads to over 7000 people

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