In honor of International Women’s Day we launched a contest for folks to nominate an exceptional woman who works hard to give back to our communities and/or goodwill. The top 3 nominees will receive a $100 contribution towards a charity of their choice and a Break the Silence shirt. Their story will also be featured on our blog.
We have 4 guest panelists who are currently judging the heartfelt nominations and can’t wait to reveal our winners!
We did however want to shed some light on our very humble panelists who wanted to eagerly help the cause. See below on why each of them feels its important to SPEAK UP against violence against women.
Lak Rana: Actor, Writer, Producer and Director. Recently featured in Grey’s Anatomy and Castle.
What Lak had to say about the campaign:
Lak was a huge supporter of our campaign from the moment we contacted him. Recently having taken a trip to India during the time of when news of the Delhi gang rape came to light, he felt disheartened and wanted to be a voice. “To end violence against women, we must first believe we can create change as individuals. Every voice does matter.”
Albert Chan: Manager of Shelter Operations, New York Women’s Asian Center
What Albert had to say: Albert works day and out at NYWAC with the women and children who are affected most. He rises to the occaision to do whatever he can to bring a smile to their faces. Every year we work with Albert and his team to uplift the peace garden they have at the center’s backyard. NYWAC supports these women, whether it be standing with them at the steps of city hall to demand justice or to help them find a voice of courage. “Because domestic violence is viewed as a private family matter, some ethnic communities are often silent in response to abuse. This perception ends up condoning violence and discouraging women from speaking out or seeking escape. When some of the victims do try to seek help, they are often punished with blame, stigma and shame. With a shared understanding of the nuances of domestic violence in our culture, we are the advocates for the victims and this will send a clear message that violence against their mothers, sisters and daughters will not be tolerated. We will inform the survivors of their rights and the available assistance and encourage them to seek help.”
Paiy Hans: International Model and showstopper, to be taking the runway in Italy later this year.
What Paiy had to say about the campaign:
As a young girl I had once heard my father recite a verse from the Guru Granth Sahib, it said…
“From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come. When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound. So why call her bad or disrespect her? From her, kings are born. From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all.— Guru Nanak,
“500 years later, We see women suffer, having two daughters of my own I set examples for them as a role model in women empowerment. I would like to see more respect for women considering the huge role they play from a Stay at home Mom, to a Soldier, Doctor, Explorer, a Hero, an Entrepreneur and so on. Women struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race and have in the past decades proven to be tougher and courageous soldiers in all aspects of life. Women should be celebrated, respected, honored and commemorated.”
Abir Salim: Great thaakat friend and avid supporter of Break the Silence
What Abir had to say: Abir has been a huge supporter of our campaign since its launch. In the last year she’s donated luxurious pieces of her jewelry line REMIII to help us raise funds for Break the Silence. Abir has been a go to gal anytime we’ve needed her advise on how to build this campaign from the ground up.