Hear Empowering Stories – Women’s Day Mar 7 & 8

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Would you like to hear how …

… a woman who got married out of 7th class, endured domestic violence and harassment, today got elected as Ward member without, in her words, spending even one rupee or “buying a single tea.”

(and by the way, her husband now acknowledges publicly that he was wrong to ill-treat her in the past)

… a girl who quit school to work after her father died, migrating with her mother and sisters, found her way back to school and is now working with Kadam to help others while also going to college?

… a woman who lost her husband to farm suicide now reaches out to other women in a similar plight and helps them overcome?

… and more awe-inspiring stories of pivotal moments along the journeys of grassroots women activists who make AID projects work.

JOIN the Association for India’s Development to hear 

Everyday Feminism: Empowering Stories for Women’s Day 

March 7 & 8 (US) | Mar 8 & 9 (India)



Day 1: Mar 7 9:00 pm ET | 7:30 am IST Mar 8 in India

Speakers: Y. Mangamma, PILUPU

Sagarika, PILUPU

Cheruvu Bhanuja, Rural Environmental Development Society (REDS)

Language: Telugu with English translation by Lakshmi Gorrepati


Day 2: Mar 8 9pm ET | 7:30 IST Mar 9 (India)

Speakers: Manisha Khandare, Kadam

Sajida Sheikh, Kadam

Madhu Parmar, Kadam / Childline

Language:  Gujarati with English Translation by Meenal Jobalia


About the speakers: 

Cheruvu Bhanuja has over 25 years experience working on women’s issues including land, water, labor, agriculture, sanitation, migration and family.  Founder of Rural Environmental Development Society (REDS) in Andhra Pradesh she has been a fiery force and caring mentor to grassroots workers in many organizations.

Manisha Khandare coordinates programs for at-risk students in Kadam Education Initiative, Gujarat where she herself was once a student.

Madhu behn Parmar works in the ChildLine India program through Kadam in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Sagarika works with women who have lost husbands due to farm suicide, to rebuild morale, to gain  incomes, apply for benefits, and deal with harassment at the village level.  She began this work with PILUPU after overcoming the same tragedy herself.

Sajida Sheikh is a senior member of Kadam who works with a program for children called Lit World that aims to strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories.

Y. Mangamma is a Field Coordinator working with PILUPU in Telanganga, helping women farmers practice sustainable agriculture and manage their finances.

Volunteer Translators: 

Lakshmi Gorrepati coordinates AID projects and fundraising events in the DC-Metro Area.  She lives in Ashburn, Virginia

Meenal Jobalia has volunteered for AID since day 1.  She stays in touch with Kadam and spreads the word about AID to friends and neighbours.  She lives in Rockville, Maryland.


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Mar 7, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

AND Mar 8, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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