readers and supporters,
Recent incidents of violence
against women have jolted our collective conscience. Questions are
being raised on the safety and security of women in our society.
The protests following the incidents saw participation of men in
large numbers, challenging the gender stereotypes. This is a positive
development as far as gender rights and equality is concerned. There
is a need to change the way we look at gender relations. Our cover
story is one step in that direction.
Individual giving is a lifeline
of the society. India has always had a culture of giving, though
guided by tradition and belief. Our special story discusses recent
studies and trends in giving culture, and the role of individuals
in the nation’s progress.
Empowerment of women is one
of our key focus areas. We believe gender equality can only be fostered
through means of education and economic empowerment. In Bangalore,
about 20 young women were placed in the retail sector, while a remedial
centre was opened for girls in Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh). A behavioural
change has been observed in Vijaipur (M.P.) with women of the village
coming forward to demand an education centre for themselves.
It has been an encouraging
period for us as we try to scale up our operations to reach out
to more people. Through our efforts in this direction, a new Smile
on Wheels project has been launched in Bangalore while three new
Smile on Wheels will be pressed into service in the underserved
areas of Mumbai, Rae Bareilly (U.P.) and Ashok Nagar (M.P.) in the
We hope you will enjoy reading
these stories of change and optimism, and be motivated to become
responsible change makers in your community.
Vikram Singh Verma
Chief Operating Officer