Saheli’s New Initiative: Women’s Friendship and Support Group

Saheli, an organization dedicated to empowering South Asian Women and Families is extending Saheli_FINALsupport and friendship towards women via their new program. Recently, the nonprofit started a free, support group that aims to empower women by building positive self-esteem in healthy relationships. The support group is being led by Salita Mehta, Domestic Violence Advocate and Rita Shah, Family Services Coordinator. Details on when and where the support group will be held are below:

When: Every Wednesday for 8 weeks – Will end on November 18, 2015.

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: 11 Bedford Street, Burlington, MA

Note: Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Women from all religions and age groups, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation to participate in discussions. This is a wonderful initiative for women, primarily for residents of Massachusetts and New Hampshire to connect and build friendship while knowing their rights and needs. Ms. Salita Silhouette of ten young women, walking hand in hand.Mehta explains that this would be an excellent platform for women to share and ask questions related to their wellbeing without any hesitation. She further elaborates that the topics of discussions can be anywhere from coping with emotions, personal needs, healthy relationships or self-esteem to immigration related issues.  Saheli encourages women to bring their sisters, daughters, mother, friends or neighbors along to the meeting and witness spirit of togetherness and camaraderie.

Salita also highlighted previous achievements from similar programs. She reported that in 2015, 118 clients were served, 305 meetings were held with clients, and that DV advocates put in 672 hours to help survivors.

Please mark your calendars and join us in our efforts. Saheli look forward to meeting you. If you are unable to attend, but would like to reach us, connect with us at


Week 1           Defining and Understanding Self-Esteem

Week 2           Know your rights, know your general needs, and identify personal needs

Week 3           Socialization of females and Gender stereotyping

Week 4           Identifying and communicating needs in Healthy Relationships

Week 5           Exploring Boundaries

Week 6           Coping with Emotions

Week 7           Assertiveness versus Aggression

Week 8           Recap of course, celebration, learning to move on



Written by Ria Saurabh, Saheli Volunteer

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