Zubaan is an independent non-profit publishing house. It grew out of India's first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women. Founded by Urvashi Butalia, Zubaan was set up to specifically continue Kali's work. The word 'Zubaan' comes from Hindustani and means, literally, tongue, but it has many other meanings, such as voice, language, speech and dialect.
Zubaan's objectives are to work towards increasing and expanding the body of knowledge on and by women in India in particular and in the third World in general, to provide a forum where women writers can debate the issues they are concerned with, and a space where they can publish and be read, to provide assistance to women's groups and NGOs in the basics of documentation, publishing, writing, and archiving, to train women's groups and NGO activists in editorial and production skills, to hold workshops in creative writing for young girls and women, to encourage well known women writers to contribute at least part of their work in the form of stories, short novellas, etc for the production of post literacy materials for adults and to publish these, in collaboration with NGOs and others, in several Indian languages , to work towards building up a culture of translating works by Indian writers (particularly women writers) within and between the Indian languages , to ensure that women's writings are given their rightful place inside curricula and syllabi in universities, educational institutions and schools, to increase and expand the body of knowledge about the girl child and female children in India and to lobby for changes, take part in campaigns, to work with government and international and other institutions for the improvement of the status of women in India.