SUMAN VIRDI BATRA
“Each time women gather in circles with each other, the world heals a little more.” 21st of February, 2018 marked the beginning of one such event, held at Taj Vivanta, Guwahati and I consider myself lucky to be able to be a part of this phantasmagorical event.
All Ladies League (ALL) is an international women’s chamber for the welfare and empowering women’s leadership. The organization was founded in 2015 by Dr. Harbeen Arora, a humdinger, a truly inspiring woman with a vision of empowering women with her motto of Shakti Bandhan. Shakti or power which symbolises the inner strength of a woman. For women especially, tuning into the goddesses is a way of homing in on aspects of our own life energy that we may never have understood or owned. Celebrating the goddesses has the potential not only to tune us to our own sacred capacities, but also to help us work with the hidden and secret forces at play in our lives. When we can do that, we can literally harness these forces for our own transformation.
An associate of ALL Ladies League (ALL), the Women Economic Forum (WEF) is a global conference to foster empowering conversations and connections among women committed to foster constructive change in all walks of life. WEF events are mega enablers of peer-exchange and learning in a diverse and interdisciplinary context, and are a powerhouse for massive connections and networking across the globe. Their events take place throughout the year and across the world, empowering women to expand their business opportunities and increase their global influence. WEF also welcomes men who support the cause of women’s leadership in all walks of life. Their vision remains philanthropic, spirit non-profit and mode collaborative. They are here to unleash the power of each One through the power of Oneness.
With the meticulous organisational acumen of Alakananda Das (ALL, Assam Chapter Chairperson) along with her team and the unflagging guidance of Dr. Harbeen Arora, the first day of WEF started with immense positivity. It was inaugurated by the Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner to India, Mr. Kazi Muntashir Murshed, followed by a series of sessions with speakers from different arenas. The theme of WEF Northeast 2018 was “People, Planet and Profit, A Northeast India Perspective”. Eminent personalities like Shri Swapnanil Barua, Dr Shantana Saikia, Ashmeet Kapoor, Subha Rajan Tampi, Zerifa Wahid, Dr N.K Bhattacharjee and many more were present to share a very cogent approach towards the topics they chose to speak about. All the esteemed speakers shared their views and spoke about varied topics like women confabulatory empowerment, sustainable development, leadership, core values, holistic living, health and many more. It was indeed a proud moment to see how women from all over Northeast were together on one platform sharing the incredible work they have been doing. We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamics, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded and not overlooked and ignored.
Personally for me it was a grand opportunity to be part of this event, a place where I learnt, discovered, shared happy moments, and experienced this beautiful love called life. It gave me the true meaning of the word sisterhood, one word used to describe a million feelings, a million promises, and a million women. And even though there are a million of us we are all connected through one common bond, the energy, the Shakti that binds us together. It’s rightly said empowered women empower women and that behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. The last day of the conference did not mean an end, but marked the beginning of a new hope and promise made amongst all that were a part of the conference, a hope to a better tomorrow. A promise that women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known, as they are slowly becoming more knowledgeable, powerful and courageous.
Here’s to sisterhood, here’s to empowered women
May we raise them.
May we know them.
May we be them.
(Suman Virdi Batra is Kids yoga & mindfulness coach)