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While we fight for the freedom and equality of all types of women, we must keep authentic representation as our true North, allowing the communities we serve to represent themselves.

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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   

Diane’s Refrain

December 17, 2020

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   

When She Leads: Reena

December 16, 2020

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.   

Holiday Appeal

December 14, 2020

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   

When She Leads: Anjali

December 12, 2020

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?   

From the Field: December 2020

December 8, 2020

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”   

When She Leads: Deblina

December 7, 2020

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   

Giving with Gratitude

November 30, 2020

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   

New Board Members

November 27, 2020

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   

The Transformative Power of Female Leadership

November 25, 2020

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   

Giving Tuesday 2020

November 24, 2020

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