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Parity Lab is an innovative accelerator for women-led organizations that foster community-driven solutions to end violence against women and girls.
Hello Reader! 👋🏽 Glad to have you here for our first newsletter!
In today's edition, we:

🤝introduce our latest partnerships
🙏🏽share community member Ranjita's lessons on teamwork
📚share an insightful book about the intersection of religion & gender
In The Spotlight
We are beyond grateful and excited to have partnered with DAWN worldwide to support change makers on the ground. 🙌🏾 Find out more about the impact of the this partnership on our blog!
Congratulations are in order for our founder! 🎉 Mathangi, was chosen from over 1300 applicants as one of 48 Echoing Green Fellowship Finalists, highlighting 'best-in-class social change leaders with bold ideas for solving the world’s most pressing challenges.' 🎊 Click here to read Echoing Green's report on the talented and inspiring 2022 cohort.
Read here about our incredible partnership with LTW-India, providing coaching to social-impact leaders from our partner organisations! ✊🏽
Ever wondered what a Parity Lab workshop looks like? Watch this video to find out!
Community Centered
Featured community member:
Ms. Ranjita Pawar from Samarthya Kalyankari Sanstha (SKS)
Ranjita is from the 150 Mn-strong Nomadic tribal community in India who have been
criminalized since colonial British times. Disparagingly called “criminal tribes”, her community never had access to formal financial institutions or microfinance.

She has been organizing in her community since she was a teenager and has successfully set up the first-ever nomadic-tribe and women-led financial institution that contextualized microfinance to the specific needs of the women from her community. Her organization, SKS, addresses quality education among children studying in primary schools, promotes girls education, and engages boys and men in the fight against patriarchy.
We asked her about the importance of teamwork and engagement in creating change. Here’s what she had to say:
I believe that an individual can lead a change in a community. However, it will be meaningless if it is not carried forward by another individual with the same passion and commitment. I have been reading of books written by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Shri Laxman Mane, Shri Laxman Gaikwad, Anand Yadav, Kishor Kale etc, their writings have influenced lakhs of Dalit youth. However, very few have been able to initiate and sustain the change. I have committed to creating enabling environment for my team members so that they will lead the change. 
Deep Dive
Written by our very own advisor Dr. Nora Khalaf-Elledge, this book provides a great introduction to gender frameworks and theory, particularly in-relation to religion, bridging theory and practice.
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