Sakhi for South Asian Women (Sakhi) celebrated their 30th Anniversary by participating in the 2019 Women’s March on New York City and Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 19.
Being an official partner of the March on New York City and a Steering Committee member of the March on Washington D.C., the leading New York City-based immigrant women’s advocacy organization convened 35 supporters and allies to advocate for progressive local and national discourse around equity and inclusivity, according to a press release.
“It is a privilege to be able to march with my community. The negative news we see and hear everywhere makes it so easy to feel discouraged. But, the sheer quantity of people who came out to march today is testament to the fact that there is never a shortage of like-minded individuals committed to change,” Sarika Patel, a member of Sakhi’s contingent, is quoted saying in a press release.
“This is an immensely critical time for women’s empowerment and gender justice. This administration’s continuous abuse of power must be met with accountability and we will continue mobilizing with our allies and supporters. The Women’s March provided us with the opportunity to advance a meaningful agenda that protects our communities from attacks on our dignity and self determination,” Kavita Mehra, the Executive Director of Sakhi, is quoted saying in a press release.
Since its inception, Sakhi has responded to more than 10,000 survivors of violence and consistently mobilized New York City’s South Asian immigrant community to take a stand against abuse.
It is the second-oldest South Asian women’s organization in the United States and recognizes that systemic impact demands the power of a collective.
Throughout the year, the organization will be celebrating their 30 years with events across the city.