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We are elated to announce the 2nd annual Saris to Suits Empowered women 2015 calendar is scheduled to be released in October to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Twelve outstanding role models of South Asian heritage who are top-notch across the spectrum from business, social enterprise, activism, journalism, athletics, academics, medicine and beauty representing many South Asian American communities and major religions pose for purpose — to make a difference in the lives of women and girls.  Saris to Suits® Empowered in 2014 benefited many organizations and causes including  Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center in Florida, and Raksha (which means protection)  in Atlanta.  Now the campaign expands with a (501) C 3  tax exempt status in 2015.  Proceeds from Saris to Suits® Empowered efforts will  benefit:  SMART Girls of Boys and Girls Clubs of America along with organizations that help domestic violence and assault victims in the U.S. and Internationally.   The inaugural effort received worldwide media attention.

The twelve noteworthy role models in 2015 are educated, accomplished, civic minded, entrepreneurial and more than “a pretty face.”   The classy calendar represents accomplished American women of South Asian heritage who are CEOs, physicians, musicians, activists, athletes and businesswomen having been born in India, Pakistan, Guyana, and some right here on the U.S. soil.   But they are rising to the top despite great odds and challenges.

The South-Asian community has unique hurdles in a ‘justice system’ which needs cultural sensitivity training in understanding arranged marriages and how people look upon divorce.  Quite often abuse is brushed under the rug because women are unwilling to speak up because of “stigma” and “shame.”   The  inability to maneuver the justice system because of language and cultural barriers keeps them locked up in mental jail in abusive homes.  “We wanted to honor a Harvard graduate who develops a unique concept to turn banana leaf fibre into sanitary pads for villagers in India;  a role model of strong character who had the mental fortitude to walk out of a forced marriage, or domestic abuse; and a Pakistani-born PhD who’s making waves in a unique field such as weightlifting wearing a hijab”  said Saris to Suits® and TriPath Media Founder Patti Tripathi,  who is one of the first national television news anchors of Indian origin in the U.S.

Tripathi, who was born in U.P.,  could not speak English fluently at age 12 and had not seen a television set for the first decade of her life.  She endured a lot in her personal life which makes her passionate about helping women, educating girls, and standing up for justice.  Here’s her story featured in Brown Girl Magazine.  The hope is the annual calendar will INSPIRE and EMPOWER the future generation to take a stance for equality and against injustice. It is important to note that garments such as “saris” or “suits” do not make a person more empowered.  Rather the registered trademark implies these savvy and worldly women travel fluidly between continents, chasms, and communities AND serve as a role model for young girls and women.  Take a look:

Women’s journeys from ‘saris to suits’

Beyond the Dream: Pose for Purpose

 

Please contact us if you want to become a sponsor to cover the overhead cost or one of the beneficiaries. Info@SarisToSuits.org