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Recognizing, the Unrecognized

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Women, an integral part of our life, works without a break for her family, her society and her friends all through the year. So, on “International Women’s Day” which is celebrated on March 8th , LEAD took an initiative of organizing an event “Recognizing the Unrecognized”. It is an approach where women of our society who are rarely recognized and are responsible for important works such as cleaning railway stations, bus stands, picking household trash, selling vegetables etc. were complimented. LEAD and LEADers believe, without these women the world would come to stand still.111

The event was conducted by LEADers(Under Graduate and Masters pursuing College Youth) from each location of LEAD who had voluntarily taken up the leadership initiation to identify and appreciate the women on the occasion of Women’s Day. More than 100+ students/leaders had taken the initiative from more than 20 colleges across Belagavi. They touched lives of more than 4200 women.

Leaders had identified special women before 8th March. In identification work, they had taken the help of head of various government and private departments/offices, local people and through personal visit to the work place. On 7th March (pre event day) and on 8th March, the identified women were appreciated by LEADers at their work place and home. LEADers thanked them heartily with a self signed thanking and appreciating letter.

The uniqueness of this leadership event was that all the special women were identified by young college students/leaders and each appreciation letter were personally signed and given by these young students.

This event was conducted last year also where more than 200 students had taken the initiative and touched the lives of more than 2500 women.

This event was held at various locations of Karnataka such as Hubballi, Dharwad, Belagavi, Bijapur, Kalburgi, Davangere, Bidar, Chitradurga, Chikkodi, Naragund, Sirsi and Haveri. Apart from Karnataka, the event was also held at LEAD locations in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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About LEAD

The LEAD Program of the Deshpande Foundation fosters innovative and entrepreneurial thinking within college students by exposing them to social issues, encouraging them to volunteer their time and effort into the community, and igniting their latent talent to come up with creative solutions.  Through the unique platform provided by LEAD, more than 23,000 students from 100+ partnering colleges throughout Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are implementing bold solutions to big problems in their communities while simultaneously building their self-confidence and developing important leadership skills.

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