Shadhika Shadhika

Our scholars aren’t just creating awareness, but making a change and creating spaces where they can speak and other girls have opportunities to speak, to learn and grow together.

Get weekly blog updates

From the Field: April 2021

April 19, 2021

Reading Time: 8 minutes Shadhika implemented the Community Leadership Project component of the Scholarship Program in June 2019. All scholars select topics based on their community’s needs. They learn so many things while planning a project, like budgeting, project management and how to have a helpful and enjoyable conversation in person. The main goal of the community leadership project   

When She Leads: Razia & Amkamsoom

April 7, 2021

Reading Time: 8 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: Shadhika Alum collection. Learn more. Razia and Amkamsoom are sisters first, as well as Shadhika Alum from our partner site STOP in Delhi. They were interviewed by Program Officer Kendra Nicolai. Press play to hear their introduction. Hi Razia and Amkamsoom. Can you both introduce yourselves to our Shadhika readers?   

When She Leads: Savita

March 31, 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: Shadhika Alum collection. Learn more. Savita is a Shadhika Alum from our partner site Vacha in Mumbai. She was interviewed by Program Officer Kendra Nicolai. Press play to hear Savita’s introduction. Hi Savita. Can you introduce yourself to our Shadhika readers? My name is Savita from Mumbai. I participated with   

Shattering Ceilings & Blazing Trails

March 16, 2021

Reading Time: 6 minutes Young women and girls in India typically don’t get opportunities to enjoy their childhood years to the same extent that their counterparts do in the Western world. Many are born into abject poverty and are confronted with the decisions of supporting and contributing to the survival of their family unit instead of going to school   

The Integrity of Representation

March 11, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes March is an important month. For many of us, March 2020 held the last weeks of in-person work  before we were sent to work from home for “a couple of weeks or until further notice.” This month marks a painful anniversary. In many countries including India, March is also Women’s History Month to commemorate the   

When She Leads Interviews: 2021

March 10, 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes In its second year, “When She Leads” is our annual interview series that celebrates and affirms the leadership, innovation, determination and resilience of the young women of Shadhika, as well as the women leaders at Shadhika’s partner sites across the Indian diaspora. These first-person accounts offer personal insight into the daily experiences of the lives   

From the Field: February 2021

February 18, 2021

Reading Time: 6 minutes Shadhika’s work to empower young women to reach their full potential begins with the Supports for Success (S4S) program. Since its inception, Supports for Success has become the foundational program through which Shadhika and our partners aim to advance Indian young women’s rights and ultimately support empowered young women leaders. As of 2021, Shadhika works   

Shadhika Scholars: The Evidence and Inspiration Behind Our Theory of Change

February 10, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes Our theory of change is based on the seemingly simple idea that when we invest in the individual girl, she will create a groundswell of change that will lift up her community and that will ripple throughout the world to affect positive change. It relies on a scaling model that believes in grassroots partnerships as   

Intentions for 2021

January 5, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes Editor’s note: This blog was updated post-publication after the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.  The attempted coup on the U.S. Capitol led by violent mobs last week reminded us that, when people who occupy a privileged position at the top of power pyramids feel like the playing field is being