About the Organization

The Institute for Social Development (ISD) a registered women organization operating in the state of Odisha has been extensively working on the issue of Gender based Violence since its inception in 1997. It has been recognized by Government, Civil Society Organizations and Media as one of the pioneer frontline Women Organization in the state.


A journey that began in the year 1997 has been continuing since then in the development scenario with the vision to build violence free gender sensitive society with active participation of poorest of the poor women in decision making process.


ISD stands committed to the issues of empowerment of women in Odisha. The primary area of involvement has been strengthening livelihood issues of women, her active participation in decision making process, besides working for the cause of human right issues in general. It has taken up issues like violence against women, domestic violence, trafficking, issues of Girl Child, Child Marriage, witch hunting, Acid attacks, Sexual harassment and has tried to create change maker who can ensure the sustainability of the initiative taken at the field level.