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When She Leads: Vanitha

May 7, 2024

Reading Time: 5 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: Shadhika Scholar collection. Learn more. Last year at the 2023 Leaders for Change Summit, we met with Vanitha to ask how her experience of participating at the Summits over the past few years has been. Vanitha is a Shadhika Scholar from Shadhika’s local partner Baale Mane in Karnataka. and   

Collective Art and Action: Part 2 of 2

February 29, 2024

Reading Time: 7 minutes Shadhika is hosting a virtual art exhibition featuring 25 works by Shadhika Scholars (Cohort of 2023) exploring their hopes and experiences of what collective action means for feminist leadership. Embodying the spirit of collective action shared through our exhibition, Shadhika has partnered with The Feminist Front (The FF) – a youth of color-led organization organizing   

Collective Art and Action: Part 1 of 2

Reading Time: 6 minutes Shadhika is hosting a virtual art exhibition featuring 25 works by Shadhika Scholars (Cohort of 2023) exploring their hopes and experiences of what collective action means for feminist leadership. Embodying the spirit of collective action shared through our exhibition, Shadhika has partnered with The Feminist Front (The FF) – a youth of color-led organization organizing   

One Step Closer: Setting Intentions For Our Vision In 2024

January 12, 2024

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s the dawn of the new year and with it comes a chance for us to reflect on the learnings from the year before and rechart our course for the journey ahead. Grassroots leaders across the world are continuing to lead the way for a more equitable and just future, emphasizing the need for collective   

Silence is NOT golden: #16DaysOfActivism with Shadhika

December 15, 2023

Reading Time: 5 minutes TW: Violence, abuse, mentions of suicide. These are hard facts about the reality that women, girls, queer youth, and other marginalized groups in India contend with. But our lives are more than statistics and infographics. These lived experiences are dictated by many levels of violence, trauma, and indifference.  The #16DaysOfActivism campaign is an annual commemoration   

Stories of Collective Action: Asian Bridge India

October 31, 2023

Reading Time: 2 minutes What does it take to engage men and boys in practicing more gender-affirming attitudes and create lasting change in their lives? How can allyship for men and boys be more proactive? What can meaningful gender justice look like for men and boys? To achieve true gender justice, systemic levers of change must be activated and   

When She Leads: Investing in Women’s Leadership: Why Us? Why Now?

October 9, 2023

Reading Time: 7 minutes “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being”, proclaims the tagline for this International Day of the Girl. Across the globe, the percentage of seats held by women in national parliaments in 2022 was at just 26.5%. The current global labor force participation rate for women is under 47% – 25 percentage points lower than   

Feminist Funded Rising ‘23 in DC: Highlights You Can’t Miss!

September 27, 2023

Reading Time: 5 minutes There is a comfort and validation that comes from being in a group of like-minded individuals and organizations that hold feminist values and believe that trust-based philanthropy is a baseline of equitable grantmaking. The recently held Women’s Funding Network Feminist Funded Rising ‘23 conference in DC was just that- unapologetic and bold voices inspiring and   

When She Leads: Shaista

September 22, 2023

Reading Time: 5 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: Shadhika Scholar collection. Learn more. Shaista is a Shadhika Scholar from our Partner Site Milaan in Uttar Pradesh. She was interviewed by Communications Manager Urmila Reghunath. My name is Shaista. I am from Milaan Foundation and live in the Mau District of Uttar Pradesh. What has been your experience/journey   

Stories of Collective Action: Hechin

Reading Time: 7 minutes As we prepare to commemorate the International Give to Women and Girls Day, Shadhika aims to garner support for the critical gender justice work by our newest partner, Centre for Women and Girls, in Manipur, India.  Read on to learn more about CWG’s founder Hechin and CWG’s response to the ongoing conflict in Manipur. Center   

When She Leads: Bina

July 31, 2023

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi, my name is Bina and I come from West Bengal’s Alipurduar district. My family consists of myself, my mother, and two brothers. One brother had to drop out of school because of an accident, and the younger one is in the 8th class. I’m the eldest of all of us. They are naughty but   

Fun Is A Mission-Critical Ingredient To Achieve Gender Justice

Reading Time: 4 minutes This post is part of the Executive Director’s blog series. In this series, our Executive Director will be sharing insights on Shadhika’s mission, our gender justice work, and the impact of our programs in India. Follow our Executive Director on Instagram and Twitter for more! Read more from The Executive Director’s Desk here. It doesn’t   

Why We Can’t “Scale Up” Impact in Gender Justice

April 17, 2023

Reading Time: 4 minutes This post is part of the Executive Director’s blog series. In this series, our Executive Director will be sharing insights on Shadhika’s mission, our gender justice work, and the impact of our programs in India. Follow our Executive Director on Instagram and Twitter for more! Read more from The Executive Director’s Desk here. When I   

This is what girl leadership for climate justice looks like.

November 18, 2022

Reading Time: 5 minutes “I did not know that I could do something so big. I decided to try something in my village, and it turned out to be a very big program.” Beauti shares her experience with the group of Shadhika Climate Fellows about the initiative in her village to gain access to clean drinking water. “Years ago,