Mission: We Talk Women aspires to engage citizens in a conversation that will break the silence that most often surrounds women’s rights injustices and sexual, physical, emotional violence.
Kavita was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick but spent many childhood years in a suburb of New Delhi in India. Living in India meant being exposed to rampant poverty, social injustices and human rights violations on a regular basis. As a young child her mother had her tag along to several events and community projects focusing on education of children, HIV/AIDS awareness and vocational skills training aimed at creating strong, independent women. Upon returning to Canada, Kavita quickly realized that the issues that were pervasive in India were pervasive in Canada as well. It is these early experiences that have driven her to be active both locally and globally. Kavita believes that a rewarding life has little to do with money and everything to do with making the world a better place.
It is for this reason that Kavita has been a volunteer with several NGO’s such as Journalists for Human Rights, A.S.A.A.P and Human Rights Watch. It was at the HRW Film Festival that she attended a viewing of the documentary “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo”; this documentary had a profound impact on her and pushed her into action. The documentary led Kavita to Women for Women International and then to Leigh Bowen. Kavita and Leigh held an awareness event called “Join Me on the Bridge” in Toronto on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. With this humble beginning in their back pocket, Leigh and Kavita decided that more could be done and thus started We Talk Women.
Kavita currently works for a charity called Ontario Nature which is a conservation organization focusing on wild spaces and wild species. She is passionate about many causes and has decided to dedicate much of her free time to the progress of each of them. In her lifetime Kavita hopes to see a world where equality and justice prevail.
Leigh Bowen graduated with honours from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Theatre and Drama studies, and minored in English. After roles on stage and television, her fascination and empathy with the human experience (and also the need for deep peace in her own life), led her to the world of yoga, and Eastern and Native North American philosophy and healing. It also led her to take action when she learned more about the plight of women around the world. Leigh met Kavita Dogra when they began Toronto’s chapter of the global event, Join Me on the Bridge. Together they started We Talk Women, a platform to raise awareness and take action regarding women’s rights around the world. Leigh has since started her own Yoga and Healing practice but continues to support We Talk Women and the divine and inspiring efforts of Ms. Kavita Dogra. You can find out more about Leigh and her offerings at www.windyfeatherhealing.com
Be the Voice:
If you’re passionate about women’s rights issues and there is a topic that would like to blog about, we would love to hear from you. Awareness is the first step in combating inequality. Lend your voice to a rights injustice and share your stories, ideas and solutions with the world. Email in your ideas to email@example.com
Be an Equality Cheerleader:
We raise awareness through our blog, Facebook, Twitter and events. You can amplify our message by sharing our blog with your friends and family. Being a voice for women’s rights can be as easy as liking a Facebook post or retweeting an article. The best way to connect with women’s rights issues is by attending one of our events. Being in the presence of people that share the vision of an equal and safe world, is a truly powerful experience.
Women Moving Forward Conference – June 1, 2013 from 9:00-4:30 pm at the North York Civic Centre
This is a one day conference to celebrate the courage of women who have left abusive situations and to provide them with new tools and motivation to continue to move forward in their lives and not return to unhealthy environments.
For more details and registration, please visit the event site http://wmfc.webstarts.com/