Anushree’s father runs a makeshift roadside tea stall and earns barely enough to feed her family. She and her parents dreamt of a medical education for Anushree but they lacked the finances. International Women’s Conference (IWC) funds currently sponsors her education and she is on her way to becoming an Ayurvedic doctor and fulfilling her family’s dream.
This is one of the many initiatives taken as a result of IWC. IWC provides a platform for empowered women leaders to enhance their individual impact while establishing collective goals for the advancement of women globally. IWC focuses on two key aspects – advancing the status of women in fragile and post conflict states and promoting girl child education.
The first IWC was held in the year 2005 in Bangalore and since then over 5000 women from more than 70 countries have attended this global conference series.
As a part of this program, developmental initiatives have been taken in a number of areas. In the education sector, this program aims at providing educational scholarships and establishing rural schools. These schools now cater to more than 4400 girl students.
Initiatives in women empowerment and training sector include special programs for women prisoners, vocational training programs for widows in Iraq and a signature campaign to urge the government of the United States of America to pass a bill to stop violence against women.
Other initiatives involve empowering social entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, child support of 15 Zimbabwean families, 100 homes built in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka; and supporting environmental care by planting trees.
IWC provides a platform for empowered women leaders to enhance their individual impact, while establishing collective goals for the advancement of women globally
How does the journey look so far?
Women and Technology
Waves of Beauty
The Light of Leadership: Integrating Global Perspectives
The Three Shaktis: Ichha Shakti or Strength in Will, Kriya Shakti or Strength in Action and Gyana Shakti or Strength in Knowledge
Shakti, The strength of Woman: Celebrating Success
How did we work?
The women who participate in these conferences come from diverse backgrounds. These include rural women, elected Panchayat Leaders, First Ladies, Member of Parliament, Ministers, social reformers, college students and even school girls. These women act as influencers in theirs respective communities and act as change agents.
What did we learn?
Over time, we have learnt that women can be leading peace keepers. They exert a strong influence in their circles and can act as a very loud voice in empowering the communities.
How can you contribute?
The scope and the richness of the discussions in this conference series has increased over the years. Please contact us if you would like to sponsor or participate in the conference.