The term "sakhi" means "woman friend" in some South Asian cultures. Sakhi for South Asian Women was founded in 1989 by five women who united to offer support to females in need. The five founders of Sakhi were aware of the many issues that face women today, but they chose to focus their energy on addressing domestic violence. In particular, they developed language-specific and culturally sensitive resources to educate and empower South Asian women who experience domestic violence. Outside of distributing educational resources, Sakhi is mobilizing the South Asian community in an effort to permanently end violence against women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other parts of Asia.
More information about Sakhi for South Asian Women is available at www.sakhi.org/about-sakhi/mission-and-history/.