Rx 29 Support Women and Women’s Groups

Dr. S.D. Shanti

The world is filled with seemingly impossible challenges: wars, conflict, environmental degradation, interpersonal violence that affects one in every three women in the world, and the list goes on and on…

So where can we even begin to find hope and the possibility of change when problems are on a giant scale?  The answer lies in women and women’s groups. 

When I was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University, I developed my innovation framework for violence prevention; this was reviewed by the Violence Prevention Alliance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the NGO I founded was admitted to the alliance on the basis of the science behind the methods. 

One of the pillars of my innovation framework is the power of women and women’s groups around the world. You most certainly have seen the power of women’s groups and their ability to successfully carry out health promotion and social change efforts; it is quite possible you may have benefitted from it in some way. 

The WHO recommends empowering women with health information because of the pivotal role we play in caring not only for ourselves but also for our families and our communities.  

But what exactly is the force that underlies women’s ability to overcome odds and improve conditions in the world?  

When women and women’s groups work together to improve conditions in the world – this is love in action; it is one of the keys to overcoming seemingly impossible odds, and creating a better world today, and a better future for our children and grandchildren. 

The next time you wonder how to make sense in a world that appears senseless and how to find hope in a world that feels hopeless, remember the power of women and women’s groups. Therein lie the seeds of hope, and love is the life-force contained within the seeds. I invite you recognize this and support women and women’s groups today, especially on International Women’s Day, but also everyday.


This blog has been a long time in the making…and now the online debut coincides with difficult times for all of us. We are in a situation that we could not have envisioned, and that is making us stressed at best and at worst fueling panic and despair.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there are many things one can do while in the tunnel to make life easier to bear. We can learn new coping skills and practice existing ones. We can be mindful of avoiding harmful ways of coping, be they unhealthy eating, smoking, alcohol or other methods.

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SD Shanti