About Us

Why PENN ?

After the country saw a series of heinous crimes against women towards the end of 2019, a group of Socially Conscious Persons of Chennai from diverse backgrounds decided to launch a Movement that has a proactive approach towards Sexual Crimes against Women, Children & to ensure Women Empowerment.


To create a safe environment for women around us through
a proactive & 360 degree approach towards preventing crimes
against Women & Child


To mobilise stake holders to take efforts at multiple levels
Individual level – educating women on crime preventive aspects.
Community level – encouraging people in commercial establishments, apartments and corporate to follow practices that supports women safety.
Governance level – seeking support from government departments to create safe public spaces.
Judiciary level – judicial implementation and law enforcement

PENN - Protect our Women
PENN - Protect our children from abuse

Our Plans

PENN Programs

Educational Seminars

Programs across Educational Institutions to create confidence through gender sensitisation, Self Defence & Counselling ( e.g., prevention and identificaiton of abuse)


Self defence workshops for women & children to prevent & also react in vulnerable situations.

Stage Play

Communication of Women Empowerment & Collaboration through “Velu Nachiyar” stage play


Appeal to public through Celebrity Voices on Gender sensitisation

Public Engagement

Engagement with Stakeholders( eg., Political , Legal, Police & Administrators ) for improving conviction rates, which will deter offenders


Build respect for Women through multiple media forms & tools of communication

New advisory board member’s

Prabha Sridevan

Prabha Sridevan
Justice (Rtd.) Madras High Court, Chairperson IPAB
  • Former Madras High Court judge, author, translator, prolific writer and artist.
  • Worked on ‘homemaker judgement’ which dealt with the economic value of a homemaker’s work.
  • Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (2011-2013).
  • Amongst the top 50 most important persons in the IP world.
  • Winner of Justice Shivraj V Patil Award for Service to Humanity.

S R Jangid IPS

S R Jangid, IPS
DGP (Rtd) – Tamil Nadu, Educationalist
  • IPS officer of 1985 batch, retired in 2019 as DGP and held many sensitive positions in the State police.
  • Expert in handling Law and Order and sensitive crimes.
  • Led the team which investigated the sensitive dacoities and murder cases, known as Bawaria Operation.
  • Successful movies – Dheeran (Tamil) and Khakhi (Telugu) were based on his achievements in Bawaria Operation.
  • Awarded prestigious medals like President of India’s Gallantry Medal, Prime Minister’s Life Saving Medal and various other central and state medals.

D Sabitha

D Sabitha, IAS
Additional Chief Secretary (Retired), Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Served as Principal Secretary, School Education Department.
  • Held important assignments across various sectors — Education, Industries, Textiles, Finance and Social Welfare.
  • As Director of Social Welfare, she has worked on many social projects.
  • In the last three decades, she has guided the successful implementation of the Government’s flagship schemes.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
International Cricketer
  • Represents India, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
  • Considered to be one of the best spin bowlers of his generation, Ashwin is ranked number 2 among bowlers and 2 among all-rounders in Test cricket as of December 2021.
  • Was ranked second in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings for bowlers, which makes him the highest-ranked spinner in the world and among all-rounders in 2021.

Dr, Kamala Selvaraj

Dr, Kamala Selvaraj
Director, GG Hospitals, Chennai
  • Commissioned the first test-tube baby of South India in August 1990.
  • PhD for her thesis on “premature Ovarian Failure and its Management”.
  • Awarded the “Best Lady Doctor Award” in 1993 and “Rajiv Gandhi Memorial National Integration Award” in 1995.


Actor, Director and Social Worker
  • Won three National Film Awards and six Film Fare Awards South.
  • Involved in a variety of social organizations including the Banyan, Ability Foundation, Tankar Foundation and Vidyasagar.
  • Member of several film festivals including the Chennai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.

P Unnikrishnan

P Unnikrishnan
Indian Carnatic vocalist and playback singer
  • Winner of numerous awards — “Kalaimamani”, “Nada Bhushanam”, “Isai Peroli”,”Sangeetha Chakravarthy” and many more.
  • Won the National Film Award for Best playback singer for his debut film songs “Ennavale Adi Ennavale” and “Uyirum Neeye”.
  • He has worked closely with A R Rahman and is one of the permanent judges at Airtel Super Singer for several seasons now.

Dr, Venkatraman

Dr, Venkatraman
Senior Consultant – UNESCO
  • An international consultant in the areas of Education, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, and Empowerment.
  • Worked in Sector Development & Planning, Education in Emergencies (EiE), Skill Assessment, and #SDG4 monitoring.
  • Staff member with various UNESCO offices for over 10 years including UIS (Montreal), UNESCO Bangkok, and UNESCO Nairobi.

Journey So far

Launch – Feb ‘2020
PENN LOGO, Top NGO in Chennai
Feb – 2020
Velu Nachiyar
March – 2020
Self defence workshops – QMC, Chennai
March – 2020
Workshop on Krav Maga – Tirupur Exporters Association – Workers
Oct 11 to Nov 25
Online 45 day “ Crusade “ campaign
Penn Protection for Women


Feb/ May’21/Oct’21
SeminarsSeries Webinars / Seminars with panellists ( eg., Police/ Legal/ Psychlogists/ ) to address identification & redressing CSA/ Victims –
WorkshopsWorkshops with Legal team for vulnerable communities
Feb/ Mar’21
EngagementEngagement at Political/ Administrative level
July – Nov’21
EducationSelf defence Online Capsules / workshops – Monthly
Engagement with Educational Institutions
Mar’21 to Nov’21
Community Engagement


1. Bring together students in a common cultural activity, which will be more attractive than just a self-defence training
2. Train the woman in self-defence as part of the play and encourage other students to take up training and identify Instructors for the future
3. Follow this up to provide Free or subsidised safety training to the students
4. Use the stage play ‘Velu Nachiyar’ to mobilise funds for various outreach programs to colleges, schools and communities.

How you can play a crucial role in woman safety initiatives of PENN –
• SUPPORT PENN by Corporate Sponsorships, CSR activities & Donations
• TALK TO PENN on introducing Woman and Child Safety Programs & Gender sensitization workshops
• ORGANIZE THROUGH PENN counselling sessions for Women, Kids and Men at communities
• SHARE WITH PENN your innovative ideas and suggestions to enhance safety and reduce crimes

Call PENN now Call : +91 98410 11252, +91 98494 92101,  Email – help@penn.org.in

Registered Office – 15, MTH Road, Padi, Chennai 600050, TamilNadu, India.

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15, MTH Road, Padi, Chennai 600050 Tamilnadu , India

Call : +91 98410 11252, +91 98494 92101



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