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"When She Leads" is an interview series celebrating and affirming the young women of Shadhika's leadership.

When She Leads: An Interview Series

June 13, 2020

When She Leads is an interview series celebrating and affirming the young women of Shadhika’s leadership. At Shadhika, we know that “When she leads, change follows” and so, we are excited to bring you first-hand interviews and stories from our young women leaders.


When She Leads: Back to School

September–October 2020

As the pandemic continues, the young women of Shadhika have managed postponed or canceled exams and the uncertainty of school reopening. In our second When She Leads interview series, we speak to five young women of Shadhika about their experiences managing online classes, the digital divide, preparing for college or matriculating to their next grade level all while navigating the pandemic.

Tajdina

Tajdina is a second year Shadhika Scholar who is pursuing her Nursing degree. She is a program participant with our partner site Jabala in West Bengal. Here she shares about the transition to online classes amidst the daily pressures of life at home during a pandemic and her hopes for the future. Read the interview.

Mangala

Mangala is a rising Shadhika Scholar who intends to pursue a degree in Education. She is a program participant with our partner site Baale Mane in Karnataka. Here she tells us about why she chose to pursue education. Her commitment to the next generation is an inspiration to all of us, especially as we watch teachers and educators address the challenges of school start during COVID with care and creativity. Read the interview.

Geeta

Geeta is a rising Shadhika Scholar who intends to pursue a degree in Business Management. She is a program participant with our partner site Vacha in Maharashtra. Here she shares how central her friendships are to her ability to overcome the stress of school closing and exams. Like the rest of us, her relationships are her haven for strength and guidance. Read the interview.


When She Leads: Under Lockdown

June – July 2020

Throughout COVID-19 in India, the young women of Shadhika have shown their tenacity, creativity, and resilience. Though the daily context in India has shown little reprieve, and is in many respects worsening, these young women are responding as leaders in support of their friends, families, and communities. In the first When She Leads interview series, we speak to several young women of Shadhika about their experiences since the COVID-19 lockdown in India.

Reshma

Reshma is a second-year Shadhika Scholar pursuing a nursing degree in Delhi. She is a participant with our grantee partner site, STOP India. Recently, her community experienced a major fire. In the face of such devastation, Reshma led a clothing and food collection for those impacted. Read her interview.

Parvati

Parvati is a third-year Shadhika Scholar pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree of Banking & Insurance and a participant with our grantee partner site Vacha, in Maharashtra. Recently, her family migrated to their village of origin. However, Parvati has persevered and negotiated with her family to continue pursuing her educational goals. Read her interview.

Mirekha, Navya, Shashikala, & Manasa

These four young women are from Baale Mane, our partner site in Karnataka. Here they share about their experiences since the lockdown and how they’re trying to stay mentally and physically healthy. Read the interview.

Sanjuckta & Pranjuckta

Sanjuckta & Pranjuckta are sisters who came to Shadhika through our partner Jabala in Bengal. Their sisterhood is the bedrock of their advocacy for gender equality in their community and in India. In this interview, they speak with humor and passion about leaning on each other during the lockdown and supporting each other’s vision for a female-driven future. Read the interview.


Shadhika continues to closely monitor the circumstances in India in order to best support our partners and program participants. In order to remain nimble and responsive to the needs on the ground, please help us meet our goal of raising $15,000 for COVID-related funds.

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