“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.