Reading Time: 4 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
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
Reading Time: 3 minutes Having grown up in the 60’s and attending high school and college in the 70’s, my life has been greatly influenced by folk music and the witnessing of the Viet Nam war and protests on the nightly news. The last line of each verse of a song written by Phil Ochs in 1963 and recorded
Reading Time: 8 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: From the Front Lines series. Learn more. Reena is a Youth Coordinator with our partner site Sahiyar in Gujarat. She was interviewed by Program Officer Upasana Saha. Press play to hear Reena’s introduction. Hi Reena. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your role and responsibilities at Sahiyar? My name is Reena.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Watch or read Executive Director My Lo Cook’s message. Friends of Shadhika, I hope you are well, safe, and healthy, and that you loved ones are as well. On behalf of the board and staff here to Shadhika, I would like to extend our most heartfelt wishes to those of you observing the holidays this
Reading Time: 7 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: From the Front Lines series. Learn more. Anjali is a Community Staff Mentor in the Azamgarh communities with our partner site Milaan in Uttar Pradesh. She was interviewed by Program Officer Upasana Saha. Press play to hear Anjali’s introduction. Can you please tell us about your work with young girls?
Reading Time: 9 minutes Violence against women is a deep rooted and a complex global predicament which predominantly exists under every roof of a woman’s world. Some forms of violence are visible, however most are neglected as they remain invisible. Both forms of violence share a thin line of acceptability and often overlap or are pushed “under the rug”
Reading Time: 14 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: From the Front Lines series. Learn more. Deblina is a District Coordinator in the Murshidabad communities with our partner site Jabala in West Bengal. Deblina was interviewed by Program Officer Kendra Nicolai and Donor & Program Associate Sabah Siddiqui. What has girl leadership looked like during a pandemic up to
Reading Time: 3 minutes I have chosen to support Shadhika because this organization has been working for 25 years to empower girls and women in India through education. I believe in the power of education to promote self-confidence in these young women, unlock their potential, and equip them to pursue good careers. The value of education was instilled in
Reading Time: 3 minutes Please join us in welcoming Lakshmi Krishnan, Vanessa Chauhan, and Uma Iyer to the Shadhika Board of Directors. At Shadhika, we know that our most important and inspiring assets are the people who make up our organization. We are thrilled to welcome our new boards members who will expand our leadership with new perspectives and
Reading Time: 3 minutes What is female leadership? By definition, it is a style of leadership that is grounded in the full expression of female attributes, based in authentic communications, collaboration, and care for others. Female leadership emphasizes personal and professional development. Therefore, by nature, female leadership is intrinsically transformational and our new interview series, When She Leads: From
Reading Time: 4 minutes Our Theory of Change Shadhika’s mission is to inspire a culture shift in India by ensuring every young woman is empowered to realize her full potential. At the core of Shadhika’s theory of change is our investment in the potential of the girl to create a groundswell of change through a lifetime of action. Put
Reading Time: 13 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: From the Front Lines series. Learn more. Sonali is a Community Organizer in Sanjay Nagar & Project Coordinator of Shadhika After School Programs for Sanjay Nagar and Shelar communities with our partner site Vacha in Maharashtra. Sonali was interviewed by Program Officer Kendra Nicolai and Donor & Program Associate Sabah
Reading Time: 6 minutes The 2020 Leaders for Change Summit was one to remember! This year rather than an in-person, 4-day event in India, due to the pandemic we had to pivot to a virtual platform. Our team creatively planned three days of leadership activities for our Shadhika Scholars all via WhatsApp, a free texting platform where all participants could
Reading Time: 7 minutes As we near the end of October, our Shadhika team and partners reflected on the multitude of ways we have transitioned and adapted all in-person programming and communication to virtual platforms since March 2020. Indeed, our collective global society is more and more accustomed to the reality of virtual conferences, training, lectures, classrooms, and even