About Us

“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights … Women must enjoy the right to participate fully in the social and political lives of their countries.” – Hillary Clinton

Education as an empowerment tool

Daya in India

Christina Howard, Aarti Naik and Rochelle Stewart-Allen in Mumbai, India in 2014

At Daya Trust we use education as an empowerment tool for women and girls around the globe. Through education, women and girls are able to become their own changemakers.

We, alongside the United Nations and many other NGOs around the world, share the belief that gender equality is a human right. That women and girls are entitled to live with dignity, and freedom from need and fear. We believe gender equality is an essential component to advance communities and reduce poverty. Empowered women are able to improve the health and well-being of their families and their communities, and effectively improve the possibilities that exist for the next generation.

There remains much work to be done. Despite robust evidence that the empowerment of women contributes significant positive change in addressing issues of poverty, gender equality remains still unrealised in many areas of the world.

At Daya Trust we believe in opening doors for women and girls, both in India and New Zealand. We help them to access a wider vision for their lives, and encourage them to achieve what they hope and dream for.

Our current areas of focus

Daya Trust currently focuses our efforts across two areas:

1. Promoting the empowerment of women and girls

Daya Trust uses our voice publically as one of the thousands of charities around the world promoting the value of empowering women and girls. Our goals are to inspire and educate those who hear us about the cause.

We co-partner with other NGOs in India and New Zealand which we see as making our voices stronger and more impactful.

2. Building young women leaders

We are developing the leadership potential of young women both in India and New Zealand by providing mentoring, support and training to enable them to expand their sense of self and what they can accomplish. As young women it can be hard to gain the experience needed to start on the leadership journey, and we know how easy it can be to underestimate our individual abilities. We work alongside these women to support them on their path.

Where do we work?

Read more about Daya in India here

Read more about Daya in New Zealand here