From the Editor's Desk
We celebrated our Mothers this May. And soon we will be celebrating our Fathers in June. One may ask why Saheli, an organization renowned for its work with women and domestic violence is thinking about men? It is precisely because violence against women can only be stopped if the violator is empowered to make different choices. Just saying no is not enough.
Men need to be directly engaged in the conversation to make an effective change. Men need to actively participate in the discourse on inculcating healthy relationships and spread the message to the larger South Asian community. So in 2014, Saheli has launched a new initiative, Men Against Violence (MAV). Read more about the campaign below!
2014 has also seen a leap into our Mental Health Initiative, which I wrote about in the last newsletter. We have also initiated an Economic Empowerment Program to provide modest scholarships for women to enhance their education and training toward employment and economic independence. We are confident that these new initiatives will strengthen our goal of transitioning survivors of domestic violence to lead productive and meaningful lives.
From January to April, our Domestic Violence Program has served:
None of this would be possible without you: our dedicated volunteers, patrons, and well-wishers. We thank each and everyone for their time and dedication to the cause. Together we will continue on our mission to be a friend, a Saheli to women and families who have survived violence.
- 55 clients
- through 155 sessions
- for a total of 252 hours.