Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.


Spotlight - Women’s Empowerment

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Spotlight - Women’s Empowerment

“The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.” ~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s unique Women’s Empowerment Program, provides vocational training, micro-finance venture incentives, self-development workshops, and self-help groups for disadvantaged women across the world. The program was launched in 1985 in Bangalore, India, as VISTA India (Value Integrated Services to All).

  • Rural women reached through different initiatives: Over 111,000
  • Self-Help Groups formed in the areas of food processing, bag making, tailoring and embroidery, agarbatti rolling and arecanut plate making: Over 623
  • Number of girls benefited by the Menstrual Health and Hygiene Workshops Conducted under Pavitra Project: Over 53,354 girls across India, Nepal, Cambodia, Bhutan and Africa

Inspired by the project’s success, the program was replicated in other parts of India, and other countries including Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Iraq.