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On Friday, April 6, 2018, New York’s first South Asian American women’s organization, Sakhi for South Asian Women (Sakhi), celebrated an incredible 29 years of service and advocacy with the “Building Resilient Communities” Gala.
Throughout its history, Sakhi has fought to unite survivors, communities, and institutions to eradicate domestic violence and form healthy communities. Sakhi’s philosophy of empowerment has always centered first on supporting women’s agency and empowering survivors to regain charge of their lives and see themselves as positive agents of change.
We thank our supporters, host committee members, donors, and stakeholders in helping us actualize Sakhi’s mission. Whether you joined Sakhi in-person, or in-spirit, we are grateful for your commitment to ending violence against women. We cannot do this work without you, our community.
Please see below for pictures, videos, and quotes from this powerful night.
“Throughout my career – I have believed that film can be a vehicle for change it can amplify the voices of marginalized communities and impact legislation. I am as much of a filmmaker as I am an activist pushing for a more just world for women.” Ms. Obaid-Chinoy says.
“We are in a unique moment in our community when, collectively, we have the opportunity to create long-term, sustainable impact that will build equity and equality for women across all sectors,” says Ms. Chatterjee. “As a fierce believer of women’s rights, opportunities and justice, it is an honor to be recognized at Sakhi for South Asian Women’s 2018 gala.”
“In our history, we have grown from being an organization that addresses domestic violence, to one that puts the conversation of intersectional feminism at the heart of our consciousness,” says Executive Director Kavita Mehra. “Just as Sakhi has helped lay the foreground for South Asian American social justice movements, it is today, that we are seeing women, once again, who are bringing rise to the conversation of equity and gender justice in our community. Our community’s capacity to face adversity, while also forming linkages of unity, speaks to the resilience we are celebrating tonight. As we continue to grow and adapt to better serve and advocate for women and children, it is also necessary to pause in this moment to celebrate our past, as well as look ahead to our future, and the work that must be done in our community and beyond.”