Youth4Change is platform for young people to voice their concerns and work towards the development of the community in which they live. The purpose of this unit is to mobilize youth between the age of 18 to 24 years as change agents in communities and colleges. The objective is to work towards putting youth agenda on the arena of development by organizing meetings, campaigns, festivals, camps and other gatherings with the youth at different levels to mobilize energies in the right direction. It also aims to protect rights of young pople and raise funds to support their efforts.



One of the focuses is to bring youth leadership to the forefront through programs like internships, networking with like-minded organizations, encouraging young people to initiate campaigns, mobilize resources and undertake unique programs as change agents in society. Debates, street plays and discussions based on themes relevant to today’s scenario that effect the youth are conducted usually on Saturdays. Coffee pe Charcha and Samjoj Toh express are examples of the workshops/discussions that take place.


Screening of short films

Short movies are the reflection of society and convey the message with in the blink of an eye. Cyrus Dastur, the founder of Shamiana Arts conducted a special screening on short film and its scope in conveying and addressing the Social issues in CYDA. In this session short movies like Leela, Balance and End of the road movies were screened which conveyed the inequalities and social issues in a very impactful way. Cyrus Dastur encouraged the participants to use this platform of social media to address various issues of society.

Kanjarbhat Virginity Test ptrotest

Virginity test or Kunwari Test is a ritual in the Kanjarbhat community meant to ascertain the ‘purity’ of the bride. It requires women to prove their virginity on their wedding night. The ones who fail are said to be shamed publicly by the panch (elders) of the community. To oppose this patriarchal custom, 200 women staged a protest in front of the collector’s office on 26th March. Members of CYDA were part of this protest to demand abolishment of this custom. They also demanded rehabilitation for girls that were termed as non-virgins

TISS Workshop

YouthAid foundation has participated the conference on Sustainable development goals –the 2030 agenda, the role of youth in transforming India”. Mathew Mattham the secretary of CYDA presented a paper on “ Fostering 1st generation entrepreneurs in India: Opportunities and Challenges”

Bindhasta Bol

On the 10th of December 2017 CYDA members took part in a rally to protest against gender inequality and sexual malpractices, organised by Amnesty International and supported by Dattawadi Police Station. There were street plays and speeches that were organised and CYDA members took part in acting out these plays. They were based on rape, gender equality and emotional turmoil that relationships cause. The police was actively involved and supported this protest as it would lead to a progressive soceity.




India as a whole has a young population with a median age of just 24 years. In Pune, 62% of the population is under 30 with a larger-than-average share of people in the 25-34 age group. The literacy rate in Pune is 86%, with a higher literacy rate of 90% for men and 81% for women.

Like many cities in India, there is a larger share of men than women. The child sex ratio is 883 girls to every 1,000 boys, compared to 902 girls for every 1,000 boys at the 2011 census. The most recent census has found a worsening sex ratio in most of India territories and states due to a preference for boys. It’s not uncommon in the country for female pregnancies to be aborted once the parents learn of the gender. While the country has instituted campaigns against revealing a fetus’s gender and It’s illegal, the law is nearly impossible to enforce. Despite improvement in education and other opportunities, this area needs a special attention. Breaking barriers of gender in job can contribute to improvement in this area.

One of the major reasons for the shrinking female population is the patriarchal attitudes prevalent among people. Very often gender based roles and occupation, that have been carved out and passed on through generations, contribute to this mind set. No matter the gender sensitization or girls education has not helped to changed this attitudes. If a girl wants to choose a job of her choice, she still has to get the permission of her father, brother or husband and even from her society. This is not the case with boys as they have the freedom to get into or come out of any job anytime. Therefore, any endeavor to address the root cause of patriarchal mindsets and discrimination against women and girls, should be addressed by changing traditional roles and occupations for women and girls. Non-traditional occupation can be defined by any occupation where there are more than 75% of the work force is a particular gender. This brings to occupational segregation as well as jobs are divided into male and female jobs. But it has been observed that skills required for these jobs are same. So the question is that if there is no gender in skills requirements why there is segregation in terms of gender in the case of jobs. The intervention by CYDA in Pune proposes to find effective strategies to allow girls to dare to dream of possibilities in a wider range of non-traditional roles and occupations. The plan is to encourage girls and young women in Pune city to break gender stereotypes by learning skills, taking up non-traditional roles and occupations. This step would prove to be very critical for young women to achieve better employment and long-term financial security for themselves.


The objective of the proposal is to influence larger narrative and norms around gender roles and occupations, and change the public discourse around it. The key objective is to promote training on non-traditional skills for girls and young women, and employ them in areas of work that are considered to be non-traditional.


PUNE city ( which includes Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri-Chinchward Municipal Corporation as well as sub-urban place within 60 km radius of Pune city.)


CYDA has been implementing programmes in Chhattisgarh since 2007.the Youth4Change program in Chhatisgrah began with 50 volunteers and it has almost 450 core leaders and more than 2000 members continuously engaged with communities in more than 45 villages benefiting more than 2 lakh population directly. Indirectly the program has successfully reached at block and district level.
Outreach: Youth4Change Chhatisgarh targetted 45 villages and was able to reach out to 2134 people



Sangeeta Dhahariya

Sangeeta Dhahariya joined Youth 4Change 3 years ago. She comes from a family where girls are not allowed to get out of their houses due to the orthodox mindset of the people in her community. Even during the day, it was not safe to walk in the village as men and boys would gather at common places and pass comments on girls and sometimes, even molest them. Complainingto sarpanch was useless and many times he refused accept that such things happenedin his panchahyat. This is how the idea to make village safe and secure came into the mind of youth4Change members of Jhulan when Sangeeta met them. She organized a Yuva Sabha in the village.

A participatory rapid appraisal process was a three day event organized separately with girls, women, boys and men to identify unsafe spots in the village and take appropriate action. The discussion led to identify dangerous and unsafe spots and understand potential risks and what needs to be done to mitigate those risks. The Sabha was also able to identify the violence husbands would commit on their wives

Sangeeta addressed the issues to the villagers and It is then the group decided to call a Aam Sabha were girls, women, boys and men present was formed. In that meeting they presented each groups findings, shared them and created a acceptance among all. They then started working towards finding a solution to many of the issues raised by girls and boys. Gram panchayat agreed to fix street lights, actions were taken to stop playing cards at unsafe locations, not allowing gathering of boys at drinking water stand points etc.

Sangeeta organizes Yuva Sabha in other villages by organizing girls and boys to fight against injustice, gender based violence and early child marriage. Her future dreams are: learning English, developing training and computer skills and get more knowledge about gender related issue.