TOMORROW(Saturday!) February 27 at 7pm. Join us for the VIRTUAL Wheels for Women cabaret supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence in India
To Register for the Webinar: https://ithaca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gtvxXKqUQ6iyTcg6jt00mA?fbclid=IwAR3xZA6r4DOeueeoXoty40my5pRgVHNigr2foVnPDcmYX92o9vrGG8_6Bh8
To Purchase Admissions/ Donate link: https://givebutter.com/DrHFhK
The cabaret will feature music, poetry, and dance. The event will also include an auction for home made pies!
A little about our organization:
Wheels for Women works in partnership with the Sakhi Shelter for victims of domestic violence in Kerala, India to provide shelter residents and community members with the training necessary to become licensed auto rickshaw drivers (like taxi drivers in the U.S.). Through this training, abused women and victims of the sex trade gain the job skills needed to work towards financial independence and away from their abusers.
In 2010, Professor Kathleen Mulligan traveled to Kerala, India as a Fulbright scholar with her project “Finding Women’s Voices”, which focused on the empowerment of women through voice. One night she was invited to teach her workshop at the Sakhi Shelter. At the end of the evening, Kathleen’s husband, David Studwell, asked the director of the shelter what they needed more than anything. “We need a vehicle”, she said. “We need a way to rescue desperate women in the middle of the night”. Out of that conversation Wheels for Women was born. The following summer, Kathleen and David produced a benefit cabaret in Holland, MI and raised the money to purchase a new auto-rickshaw for the shelter. Since that summer they have produced nine more Wheels for Women cabarets with senior theatre majors at Ithaca College. The money raised from these cabarets has purchased two additional auto rickshaw for the shelter and trained over twenty shelter residents as licensed auto rickshaw drivers. As Beena Sebastian, the director of the shelter says: “Female auto rickshaw drivers are rare in India, but we are starting a revolution!”
Check out our website at wheels4women.org.
If online donations are not an option, checks can be made out to Ithaca College with “Wheels for Women” in the memo. Send via campus mail to Kathleen Mulligan c/o Department of Theatre Arts
We hope to see you on the 27th! Please SPREAD THE WORD! Need more information? Contact Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org