Pan India Walker Srishti Bakshi To Conduct Night Walk In Hyderabad For Women’s Empowerment

Srishti Bakshi  - Sakshi Post

Hyderabad: Pan India walker and founder of CrossBow Miles Srishti Bakshi is scheduled to conduct a night walk in the city on December 2, to create awareness about women’s safety and empowerment.

She had earlier conducted a hugely popular and successful night walk in Bengaluru. Along with her team, Srishti is in Hyderabad to conduct on the ground workshops across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for and about women. The team has covered over 1250 kms with over 37 workshops on “I am a change maker”, “Know your Rights”, financial and digital literacy, hygiene, sanitation, and leadership, amongst others, across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

This is part of CrossBow Miles’ on foot journey pan India, covering 3800 kms over 260 days from Kanyakumari to Srinagar to make India safer and better for women. Across Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, the team has been conducting a host of workshops with sessions in Hyderabad at AWWA, ISB, as well as some sessions by their partner organizations.

The walk is aimed at creating awareness across India for women’s safety and empowering them through digital and financial literacy. Srishti Bakshi is an Empower Women Champion for Change 2016-2017. The UN Women’s Empower Women Initiative is dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full economic potential by inspiring both men and women to become to become advocates, change makers and leaders in their community.

The campaign so far has resulted in Srishti engaging with over 12,000 people in the last 77 days. With over 15.5 million steps clocked on the CrossBow Miles app and with over 1143 kms covered by Srishti on foot, this campaign has been unfolding a host of benefits to women and children across different causes like education, empowerment to name a few.

The Takeaways

Several insightful and educational workshops have been hosted in educational institutes, rural areas and self-help groups. Some of the key challenges that surfaced/ identified, were lack of confidence in themselves and their capabilities, child marriage, dowry, alcoholism and domestic violence. CrossBow Miles is aiming to address the key problems faced by women and focus on possible solutions, which will eventually be presented as a white paper to authorities at the end of the historic journey.

Speaking on the mission of women safety and empowerment through digital and financial literacy campaign, Srishti Bakshi said, "Through Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, I've noticed the impressive effort of the state governments towards digitization. In the workshops, we focused on women as they can be change-makers for their homes and community by allowing their daughters to finish their education and not allowing child marriage. With small changes in gender stereotyping at the family unit level, reform will spread through society. We have also discussed that women and girls should dare to dream and with this, we hope to awaken more freedom of thought and sow the seeds of lasting change in India."

Through this walk, Srishti and her team will conduct approximately 110 workshops on women empowerment, digital and financial literacy, and leadership, knowing one’s rights, gender sensitization, health and hygiene. The campaign aims to drive awareness in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi as well as J&K, which will be the route for her entire walk.

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