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07
Jan 2016

TRANSFORMATION THROUGH RESPECT
12:31 pm UTC

Mr. Abhijit Pawar, Founder & Chairman, Delivering Change Foundation and Managing Director, Sakal Media Group, based the Tanishka Foundation on a concept of “return on respect”; evaluating all initiatives based on social impact. The Tanishka Foundation is one such initiative that aims at empowering women and changing the perception of their roles within the society.

Tanishka provides a peer-to-peer platform for women to connect, share and champion the cause of socio-economic transformation by addressing their emotional, physical and financial security.

Emotional security is based on an integration of self-acceptance and self-confidence, social and political understanding and a personal ability to take a significant part in decision-making and in control over resources in the environment. This ensures every woman has a feeling of self-worth and an aspiration to a better life leading to self-actualization. This thereby enables women to come together to formulate goals for societal improvement and act as change agents to positively transform their collective situation.

Physical security centers around fundamental human rights, including equal protection under the law, freedom from all forms of discrimination, access to the highest standard of physical and mental health, complete freedom from abuse at the domestic or community level and zero level tolerance for any form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Physical security allows women to operate from a standpoint of fearlessness and self-respect, empowering them to take control of their lives and initiate positive change in society.

Financial security reflects the critical need in society, that in order for women to have a dignified life and fully harness and galvanize their potential. It is paramount that they have stable incomes on par with men in their socio-economic strata. Additionally, we must provide them with the skills and education required to earn secure and continuously enhanced incomes, with rights to optimal control over land and other critical monetizable resources and equal access to all entitlements and services available in society. This ensures that they have a stable and secure base from which to act in the interests of societal transformation.

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