One Year Anniversary

Dear Friends and Well Wishers of YASA,

Today marks the one year anniversary of our foundation.

During this last year, we have made significant progress towards our stated goals for YASA. Our website is launched, fully functional and has received well in excess of 15,000 visitors so far. 

Please visit us at your convenience on:
www.yasanyc.com

We have populated our site with insightful and up to date articles on the issue of gender equality from around the world. The blogs and articles that we have disseminated have been carefully picked to make sure that they are relevant and more importantly appropriate for the audience at hand.

Our blog page has had contributions from several writers who have taken off their kid gloves to opine on the subject of gender equality. The most notable of our recent posts was a published paper by Dr. Seema Jayachandran, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. In her paper "The Roots of Gender Equality in Developing Countries ", she discusses how " society-specific factors" explain GDP/gender-inequality relationships", and how possible policy approaches can address gender inequality effectively.

In other news, we have completed our Facebook page for YASA and it has received well over 4000 likes from people around the world. With the help of social media, we have been able to reach a global audience and have delivered the essence of the YASA message in a controlled and scaled manner. We are in the process of compiling a video, where the youth from around the world express in their own words what they can do as individuals to promote gender equality and reduce occurrences of sexual assault.

So far we have received over 50 videos from high school and college students from all over the world. We will continue to post one of these videos every week on our website. 

This summer we also began working on building partnerships. We have worked with the Agastya Foundation in India, a not for profit charity that delivers innovative ways of teaching math and science to the rural villages of India to formulate a plan on how to spread the notion of gender equality to the high school children at the rural level in India. We also hope to partner with Breakthrough, another not for profit institution doing amazing work in the US on reducing gender-based violence. We will have more details for you as these projects evolve over this year.

Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your help in contributing to make the YASA dream a reality. Several hundred of you have reached out by email and have offered advice and suggestions on what we can do better. Some of you have written blogs for us and others have penned poems for this great cause. Without your help, this project would be just that - a dream. I want to thank the Board of Directors of YASA for their ideas, time and encouragement through every phase of the build out so far. Your wise counsel keeps me focused on the issues at hand. This project has been very humbling on a variety of counts and all of you patrons give the team here at YASA, the energy, to be fully motivated and keep moving the ball forward.

Sincerely

Govind Ramakrishnan