Engaging and Empowering
An SFU Alumna Works With Women In India
By Marianne Meadahl
In a suburb of Bangalore, India, a group of women sit in solidarity, having dared to do what women in similar neighbourhoods scattered through India have lacked the skills to do. They are buoyed by a power that comes from within.
Banding together, they stood up for a well-educated, professional woman, an alleged victim of domestic abuse. The woman, married to a high-ranking police officer, had tried to file a complaint with the police but had been refused, due to her husband’s status. She heard about an empowering women’s program underway in the city’s marginalized communities – and went into the slums to seek help.