Astitva is a community based organization that was established in May 2008 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Astitva strives to bring about gender equality and end gender based violence in society. This is done by empowering women and youth through rights advocacy, education, skill training, job placement, and services such as childcare. Astitva also provides comprehensive support services including counselling, legal aid, medical aid, shelter etc. for women, youth and children facing violence.