VOICE Welcomes Our New Executive Director Pradeep Narayanan

This past month has been grueling! Whew!

There are about 500 things to make decisions on and do just in preparation for summer camp, and while our team has been awesome in getting things done and sharing their great ideas, ultimately our bandwidth has been stretched to the max, particularly on the upper management side.

While Voice founders were back in NYC in November, rallying support and advice for our next steps, our key supporters strongly suggested that we appoint an executive director. After much discussion, we decided the best thing would be to bring in a new person that could offer more experience and deeper ties into India, to enhance our vision and planning for the future.

We put out job postings and interviewed quite a few number of people, each with different strengths and weaknesses. We were really looking for someone that would be excited by the challenges of a startup, eager and knowledgable to manage large scaling goals, and someone that was comfortable building partnerships to raise financial and managerial support within India.

One man that we interviewed stood out from the very first conversation. Even in this preliminary interview, he spoke clearly and thoughtfully, with a mind to the challenges but a optimistic outlook on bringing our organization there.

I passed him through to Averil, who called me immediately after she spoke to him, as thrilled as I was with his extensive 19 years of past experience and down to earth attitude. As we spoke to him further, and had our sponsors at Gray Matters Capital do a final interview, we really were getting a sense that he was going to fit right in with our Voice 4 Girls team.

We sealed the deal last week, when he came into Hyderabad for a short 2 day visit. Over lunches and dinners we all got to know each other and share the key areas of focus that need more attention.

We are absolutely thrilled with our decision and so excited to introduce Pradeep Narayanan to our followers out there.

Please give him warm wishes while he and his family settle down in Hyderabad in the next couple of weeks and he dives on-board.

Stay tuned for posts from him!

How A Real Scare Can Provide Awareness

By Kiera Murphy

It’s been just over two months living in India.

There’s lots to love.

Then there’s lot to make the western female very frustrated. From the moment you walk outside eyes are glued to you. Everyone stares at me when I walk around campus or around Hyderabad. Don’t be astonished to find males scurrying for their cell phone to snap a picture of you.

I’m in a class at the University of Hyderabad on the main part of campus with a majority of Indian male students and when I even answer a question in class they chuckle and giggle like thirteen year olds.

Our International Student Hostel is tucked away in South Campus which is a solid thirty minute walk from where the other female student hostels are. Our building is surrounded by walls and protected by the most security than anywhere else on campus. We’re looked at as these precious exotic animals that no one can really get to know as people.

So when you combine immaturity with the desire of the unknown we’re the targets for sexual harassment. This past week we had a very real and scary incident. In the very early hours of the morning the International Student Housing that I’m staying in was broken into by a local male student.

He was able to break into three rooms of American Female Students and watched them sleep while he sexually stimulated himself. Severe investigation is underway and security has been tightened. As a group the other female students I’m living with have really banded together and are trying to make a change to the sexual harassment on campus.

It’s not okay for any of these kinds of things to happen to women anywhere!

I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to work with Voice 4 Girls because I think India needs a lot of help in the field of Women Empowerment.

One of the first times I met with some of the Voice Campers they told me that they learned how sacred their body was, like a temple that they must protect and that it should be respected. A beautiful thing for these girls to realize!

Camp teaches girls about their rights to their own body and about sexual education that most of them would have never learned about if it wasn’t for Camp Voice.

We can potentially be saving girls from serious sexual harassment situations or even rape! After experiencing sexual harassment and this huge obstacle Indian Women face first hand, I’m just glad I can be part of the solution of education by interning with Voice 4 Girls!

The VOICE Girl Effect

Take a peek at some feedback from last summer’s campers, counselors, teachers, and school owners! VOICE 4 Girls doesn’t just target students. We work to target the very social fabric that unites all of these women by empowering not only the campers, but their leaders as well.

Happy viewing.

For more clips visit our YouTube Channel!!!!