Shine Jyoti Vigil

It was in short, an inspiring evening.

The cold weather on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, was no hindrance to the crowd of over 300 people who gathered at Union Square to that stood together to participate in Shine Jyoti, the candlelight vigil Sakhi hosted to honor the life and memory of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the young woman who was brutally raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and over 20 anti-violence and human rights organizations, Shine Jyoti served as a first public New York moment to raise awareness and inspire action to end gender based violence, not only in India, also right here in our community, in our city.

During the evening, one of the women Sakhi serves, presented a Hindi poem of struggle, survival and hope.  Sakhi, various community organizations and advocates also spoke to the importance of having a response that is inclusive of the LGBTQ community and practicing mindfulness on abuse and violence in our own lives, every day.  The vigil ended with a powerful poetry and musical call to keep shining the light to end gender based violence.

At Sakhi, we see the success of this event as testament to our commitment as a community and as a city to address and end gender based violence.  From all of us at Sakhi, thank you so much for your support.

If you were unable to join us on January 15th, check out these photos.

Here are links to various blogs and articles:

Huffington Post piece by Purvi Shah (former Executive Director of Sakhi)

Lassi with Lavina