UDAYAN CARE Empowers Underprivileged Girls at Celebrating Change Summit 2023 in Pune

Neha Dhupia & Mohan Agashe with the Shalinis
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Pune, 28th June 2023: UDAYAN CARE, an organization committed to the holistic development and empowerment of underprivileged children and girls in India, successfully hosted the Celebrating Change Summit 2023 at FLAME University in Pune from June 22nd to 24th.

The event was graced by renowned Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia as the Chief Guest, along with esteemed actor and psychiatrist Dr. Mohan Agashe as the Guest of Honour. The summit aimed to engage, educate, and empower the participants through a range of activities.

The Udayan Shalini Fellowship program, which focuses on academic excellence and leadership development for deserving and underprivileged girls at risk of dropping out of formal education, organized the flagship event, ‘Celebrating Change.’ This biennial gathering brought together selected girls from each chapter for workshops, panel discussions, capacity building, and team activities.

Reflecting on the successful summit, Dr. Kiran Modi, Founder & Managing Trustee of Udayan Care, expressed her pride and gratitude to all the participants, speakers, partners, and volunteers who contributed to the event’s resounding success. She highlighted the empowerment and inspiration the underprivileged girls experienced during the summit.

The grand finale of the summit featured the girls divided into 10 groups, each assigned a specific topic. Within 24 hours, the groups collaborated and created short plays based on these topics, incorporating knowledge acquired during panel discussions and speaker sessions. This activity served both as a reinforcement of their learning and an enjoyable experience for all participants.

Over the past two decades, the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program has made a significant impact, expanding from supporting 72 girls in Delhi in 2002 to nearly 13,000 girls across 32 chapters in 13 states of India. This year’s summit brought together around 200 Shalinis from different chapters, all united under the theme “Embrace Equity & Evolve.”

The three-day event included various sessions and activities that fostered camaraderie, challenged gender stereotypes, explored gender sensitization, discussed the significance of equity, emphasized mental well-being and resilience, and empowered participants as change agents through decision-making skills and liberal education.

The Celebrating Change Summit 2023 not only empowered the participants but also inspired a more equitable society. UDAYAN CARE extends its appreciation to all participants, speakers, partners, and volunteers for their valuable contributions to the event’s success.