An Organization for South Asian Women
Community Chai & Clothing Drive
A musical event fundraiser, a first for Manavi, was held on the 20th of November 2016. It was very well organized and attended by large group Manavi supporters. Manavi’s longtime dedicated volunteer Jayashree Sanji, along with a group of other volunteers, was instrumental in coordinating this event. The event was a big success, with attendees enjoying the evening with beautiful songs and hearty snacks. Overall the event managed to raise funds for Manavi's transitional house Ashiana.
Manavi's Cultural Specific Advocacy Training was held on May 20-21.
"Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer." ~Author Unknown
One form of culturally specific outreach Manavi conducts is Community Chai. Chai or tea-time brings families, colleagues, friends, and communities together to catch up on the events of the day, discuss local politics or social events. Manavi has incorporated this custom of tea time and host Community Chais to discuss various issues about violence in the South Asian community.
Short Film Screening
Manavi screened two South Asian short films in order to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
After the screening, we had a discussion on sexual violence and how to promote awareness in our communities.
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence reports that 41 – 61% of Asian women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Hotline: 1(732) 435-1414
Since 2005, Manavi has commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an annual Silent March. The Manavi family come together and march in silence with signs showing their belief; love does not translate into violence and to raise awareness about the prevalence of violence against women in the South Asian community. The silent march is an excellent platform for members of the community to pledge their support in solidarity for ending violence against women.
The Community Chai and Clothing Drive were conducted in Paterson Public School #5 at 430 Totowa Ave, Paterson, NJ. Community members talked about gender inequalities, specifically in the Bangladeshi community. They discussed about gender role, the attitudes and behaviors that are expected of males and females in a given culture of society. Community members conversed about family has the biggest impact on how to perceive their gender role. Since childhood they learned from their family and surroundings, what they suppose do and should not do based on their gender. They shared their personal experiences, being a male and female child in the family. They learned about teaching their children how to say “NO” to any inappropriate behavior, uncomfortable touch and teach young boys to respect for girls and women.
Manavi's Annual Dinner was held on the 22nd of April 2017. It was a wonderful evening, where Manavi's staff and board were able to demonstrate to the community the nature of our work.
Our keynote speaker was Deepa Iyer. We are so grateful to her for being a steady, inspirational and powerful voice for the South Asian Community in the United States.