“If you feel passionately about this, you should do something right now”

Today is #WATWB day. The last Friday of the month is dedicated to positive news from around the world and today I’ll take you to India.

The person in the story

Srishti Bakshi is a marketing manager from India, working in Hong Kong. With the news from India she felt the calling to do something for her fellow women:

“I lost my balance and just wanted to go home. It disgusted me. My husband said that if I felt so passionately about the subject I should do something right now.”

What did she do?

She couldn’t just sit and watch women in India getting attacked, abused, raped. She created an organisation, called “Project CrossBow” with the aim of educating and empowering women so they don’t feel powerless any more. But that wasn’t enough. Now she decided to spread more awareness by walking 3,800 km (2,361 mile) across the whole country.

What’s her goal?

She would like to bring awareness and hold workshops during her journey.

“Gender equality, political power, economic freedom and women entrepreneurship are buzz words, but women’s safety is the very basis of existence.”

She knows it “will be a long road ahead, not just in physical distance but also in the number of minds she hopes to influence along the way, helping to create a better future for India’s females one step at a time.”

How can you support Srishti’s work?

  1. You can join her for some of the walk, participating on the wirjshoos if you’re in India.
  2. If not, you can download the CrossBow app to record your own walk.

“My goal is to collect around one billion steps from the entire nation to work towards a safer country for women.”

Read the entire story on Forbes and please help Shrishti by sharing her goal and story with your friends and social acquaintances.


For more positive stories like these, check out the “We Are The World” blog series, this month hosted by Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Emerald Barnes, Shilpa Garg and myself.

We bring inspirational examples from all around the world about people who go out of their way to make life better. Do join if you can – this world needs more light. You can read the stories on twitter, Facebook and the blogosphere under #WATWB.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. hilarymb says:

    Hi Miss Andi – what an amazing story … and I’m sure she will inspire so many women as she walks across India … and help others too with her wise advice – she’s one courageous woman with a loving heart … Srishti Bakshi and Project Crossbow will empower and open minds as their work spreads out – cheers Hilary

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    1. Miss Andi says:

      Thank you Hilary, she’s really inspiring because she’s doing it for others, strangers basically. It could be any one of us doing this but she is the one with the determination and commitment 💪

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  2. datmama4 says:

    Education is a wonderful defense to being downtrodden and abused. What a determined gal!

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    1. Miss Andi says:

      Yes, sometimes it’s enough to know that you ARE allowed to speak up, stand up against something that’s common but not right. I’m very impressed by this lady!

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  3. What an inspiring story of determined commitment! May the vision of Project CrossBow and awareness of this issue grow with every step she takes.

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  4. May Project Crossbow meet with much success and I hope eventually the support of Indian men. While women do need empowerment, we must not forget that men need re-education about women! Thank you for posting!

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Such an enormous challenge. She sounds like a remarkable person. I hope she is successful.

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  6. Thanks for sharing Shrishti’s project purpose and goals with us, Miss Andi. The first step to enacting change like this is to create awareness and she is doing just that. Wishing her every success as she embarks on this journey.

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  7. lindacovella says:

    Truly an amazing woman. Thanks for telling us her story, Miss Andi!

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  8. An extraordinary story, Andrea—thanks so much for sharing! Seems rather ridiculous that, it being already well into the 21st century, we still need to fight for gender equality, doesn’t it? We need to come together, all women all around the world, and Make. It. Happen. Once and for all. Bravo to Shrishti!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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  9. Such an inspirational woman! Thank you so much for sharing this and for being part of #WATWB!

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  10. simonfalk28 says:

    What an extraordinary thing that Shrishti is garnering together. May it go well. I cannot fathom the hurt and violation some of the women she encounters may feel. Let’s hope these steps lead them towards healing. Such a good post. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting us.

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    1. Miss Andi says:

      My pleasure ☺

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