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On the other side of an intense year of transition, our Shadhika Scholars are the evidence and the inspiration behind the long view we bring to our work.

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

February 10, 2021

2 min read 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   

Intentions for 2021

January 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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   

When She Leads: Sonali

November 23, 2020

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   

Virtual Leaders for Change Summit

November 22, 2020

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   

From the Field: October 2020

October 21, 2020

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