Celebrated since the early twentieth century, International Women’s Day has been an empowering celebration of the role that women play in an ever expanding world.

On March 8, AIWA, MAIFS and The Shanti Project joined hands to provide a great opportunity for women to network and to celebrate International Women's Day.  The largely Asian Indian gathering was filled with women from all walks of life, professional and domestic.  The three organizations each have their own particular contributions to make.  The Shanti Project is aimed at preventing domestic violence while strengthening families throughout Michigan.  Having grown out of New Visions: Alliance to End Violence in Asian/Asian American Communities, the Shanti Project educates as it nurtures.

AIWA is an acronym for the Asian Indian Women’s Association; a group focused on matters of vital interest to this growing community of Asian Indians throughout Michigan.  Through seminars and workshops, it offers numerous resources in career development, acculturation, health, education and general welfare.

MAIFS is a support system for Asian Indians who are without the extended family assistance that is typically available in India. Specifically, it is a central resource of information and referrals for Asian Indians of all ages.

Smt. Sharanda Kumar offered an inspiring keynote speech that touched on many levels of the women’s experience all over the world, punctuating her deep thoughts and insightful examples with a steady stream of humorous anecdotes.

Clearly, the audience, along with the Visionalist crew, was delighted with her!





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