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Shakti Rising's overarching success is due to the creation and implementation of a proven and unique empowerment-based model of transformation. Shakti's model is a radical technology that displaces the orthodox approaches used by the majority of society and at its core is: woman centered; holistic; trauma-informed; expressive arts-based; community-based; sustainable; and leadership-oriented.
The theoretical underpinnings of Shakti Rising's empowerment-based holistic model are that in order to achieve lasting social change, individuals must undergo transformation themselves, becoming healthy adults, ongoing learners, and excellent leaders. Our theory of change is that those who transform themselves will subsequently initiate change in other individuals, groups, and communities.
We focus on young women because they are a tremendously underserved population facing complex and severe challenges AND they are the potential change makers in their families, social networks, and communities.
Shakti Rising is a social change organization transforming the lives of women, girls, and the larger community. We cultivate health and emerging leadership in women and girls, ultimately empowering them to utilize their personal transformation as a catalyst for positive change in their families and communities. This creates gradual cultural change that supports sustainable, cooperative, healthy societies.
Our work actively promotes community well-being by creating woman and child-friendly societies that are safe, healthy, vibrant, diverse, sustainable, and culturally alive. Our mission is to empower young women to uncover, rediscover, and reclaim their whole selves.
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