Chang­ing lives, en­abling con­fi­dence in women

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G"The goal is to em­power women in the na­tion­build­ing process, to bal­ance work-life, and have a pos­i­tive out­look

—Ran­jini Ma­nian, founder, GAF

lobal Ad­just­ments Foun­da­tion, a city-based or­gan­i­sa­tion re­cently cu­rated their pop­u­lar, one-of-a-kind ‘Cham­pi­onwoman’ work­shop over a span of eight weeks to train 1,000 women from the state’s Sec­re­tar­iat in main­tain­ing a work-life bal­ance, and be­com­ing a strong voice in the na­tion-build­ing process.

A vale­dic­tory func­tion for 100 Sec­tion Of­fi­cers (SO) of the Sec­re­tar­iat was con­ducted on Thurs­day at Anna In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment.

In the last three years, GAF has im­pacted about 75,000 women across the state through the Cham­pi­onwoman work­shop. “The goal is to reach a mil­lion women by 2020-25. From the nu­mer­ous work­shops we have cu­rated, I have ob­served a string that con­nects them all, a com­mon­al­ity... they all want to be­come cham­pi­ons in ev­ery way pos­si­ble. Women have the abil­ity to cre­ate a rip­ple ef­fect...this way, more women and the na­tion will ben­e­fit,” said Ran­jini Ma­nian, founder of GAF.

The work­shop has so far im­pacted 1,700 TN po­lice­women, 2,000 nurses and now 1,000 TN Sec­re­tar­iat women.

Uma Rani, in­spec­tor, and Shivaran­jini, a nurse from Apollo who were for­mer par­tic­i­pants gushed about the work­shop. “I am a nurse and my duty is to take care of my pa­tients. If I am upset, ag­i­tated or an­gry about some­thing, how can I fo­cus on my work? Most of us live away from our par­ents to earn a liv­ing. There are some re­ally dark times that we go through but, GAF taught us to laugh and smile. We are so con­sumed by ev­ery­thing around us and we for­get to smile. The work­shop taught us to un­der­stand that to­day is a gift, spread pos­i­tiv­ity and be a proud communicator,” said Shivaran­jini.

Photo: Ash­win Prasath

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