The House of Commons witnessed the launch Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) and the release of ‘Maya’ by Manjiri Gokhale….reports Asian Lite News
The ‘Women’s Empowerment Network’ (WEN) and the book ‘Maya’ by Manjiri Gokhale Joshi were launched by MP Virendra Sharma at the House of Commons recently.
WEN is an initiative by Geetha Morla, Conservative councillor from Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes. It addresses the emotional issues of women across communities and locations in the UK concerning domestic violence, pre and post-employment support and mentoring, support in resuming work after a career break, guidance on training and educational opportunities and other socio-cultural aspects.
After Mr Virendra Sharma MP’s opening words, prominent women such as Navrita Atwal, Geetha Chari-Kaza and Ragasudha Vinjamuri have spoken on the occasion.
Among WEN patrons are Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Saleha Jaffer , MP Mrs.Kavitha Kalavakuntla, Mrs Geetha Chari Kaza and life members are Mrs. Navrita Atwal, Mrs. Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Mrs Manjiri Gokhale Joshi, Mrs. Sangeetha Jethra, Dr Madaeo Bhide and Mrs Mamatha Kurba. WEN invites participation from women and men across fields in offering their skills, experience and time to help the cause of women’s empowerment.
The story in the book Maya traces the journey of a middle class girl who is willing to compromise at every step to achieve her dream to belong to the upper class and have a great marital relationship. As a 40-year-old socialite wife of a CEO, Maya achieves both, until life throws a rude shock…The book is a gentle reminder to the modern urban woman (and man) that laws and policies have long enabled gender equality- the only barrier is a set of ingrained social norms. And it is only when one finds the courage to step out of these social confines that the journey towards a woman’s empowerment will truly begin.
Maya is the fourth book written by Manjiri Gokhale Joshi, who was among the 12 professionals selected by Linkedin and Virgin Media to judge, mentor and train participants pitching to Sir Richard Branson for £1 million fund. She along with husband Abhay Joshi co-founded Elephant Connect, offering tutoring and leadership training.